Staff from Specsavers in Keynsham are championing the importance of caring for our senses to mark Deafblind Awareness Week (25 June to 1 July).
The charity, Deaf Blind UK estimates that combined sight and hearing loss affects nearly 394,000 people in the UK. Nearly six million people live with sight-threatening conditions and one in six people have hearing problems.
In Bristol, an estimated 61,000 people suffer from hearing loss and 3,060 are visually impaired. Despite these alarming statistics, many of us are not making our hearing and vision health a priority.
A simple check
By simply stepping inside a Specsavers store, you will have access to hearing and optical advisors who can answer any questions you may have and talk through your options.
‘Our hearing checks are free, as is the Specsavers Hearing Check App that is available to download on the App and Play store,’ said store director and optometrist, Vinay Solanki. ‘The app works on iOS or Android devices and will advise whether a full check in store is recommended. When it comes to hearing devices, today’s digital hearing aids work more effectively than ever before and they are much more discreet. Some are so small that people can’t even tell you are wearing them.
‘The great news is, these services that were only available through a GP or a hospital a few years ago are now available at Specsavers in Keynsham,’ continued Vinay. ‘We recommend that everyone should have an eye test every two years and a hearing check every two years for over 55s.’