Following National Deaf Awareness Week (4-10 May), people living in Cwmbran were urged to have their hearing checked, as research shows there are about four million people in the UK who would benefit from hearing aids but do not wear them.*

More than 10 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss, the equivalent to one in six of the population. Around 3.7 million of the people affected are aged under 65 and hearing problems range from noise-induced hearing damage to age-related hearing loss.*

Help our customers adjust

Tim Smith from Specsavers Hearing Centre in Cwmbran said: 'Our dedicated audiologists can help customers adjust to everyday life with hearing loss and correct any problems, whatever their age.

The high number of people that would benefit from having a hearing aid shows the importance of having your hearing tested, in the same way you have regular eye tests. Specsavers hopes to have brought ear health to the forefront during National Deaf Awareness Week and welcomes Cwmbran residents to book a free hearing screening at their local store.’

Free hearing screening

Common symptoms of hearing loss or damage can include frequently turning the volume up for television or radio, difficulty listening to telephone conversations and following a conversation in groups of people.

Hearing tests can accurately assess your hearing, as well as identify conditions such as tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, and wax build-ups. The test can also spot further, more serious conditions such as inner ear tumours, known as cholesteatoma.

* Action on Hearing Loss

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