Exeter audiologists and opticians from Specsavers are championing the importance of caring for our senses this Deafblind Awareness Week.
How many people are suffering?
In Devon it is estimated that 166,500* people are living with hearing loss and 4,530** are estimated to be living with sight loss. In Exeter, those numbers are 19,500 people with hearing loss and 3,720 living with sight loss.
Open your eyes to sight loss
Emma Denham, Exeter store director, said: ‘A quarter of people are still not having an eye test every two years, as recommended by the College of Optometrists and the same percentage are ignoring the first signs of sight loss, despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to.
‘The extent of the problem means it is highly likely that every family in Exeter is touched by sight problems in some way.’
Emma added: ‘When it comes to our hearing, research shows that, on average, people wait around 10 years to seek help for hearing loss after first noticing a problem***. This is a huge amount of time for someone to struggle with their hearing, especially when you consider that people with hearing loss are more likely to suffer with depression and develop dementia.
‘So don’t delay, give your senses some TLC today.’