Ulster and Ireland rugby star Jacob Stockdale helped Specsavers in Strabane spotlight hearcare as part of the store’s official opening party.

Hear the future

World Hearing Day on 3 March also helped to highlight the increased number of people across the world who experience hearing loss.

Organised by the World Health Organization, this year’s theme was ‘Hear the Future.’

New estimates released by WHO indicate that up to 900 million people worldwide could suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050.

Hearing loss surprisingly common

Joanne Torrens, audiology director at Specsavers Strabane said: ’Hearing loss is surprisingly common. In the UK it affects around 11 million people* and research shows that on average people wait around 10 years to seek help for hearing loss after first noticing the problem.

‘At Specsavers we recommend that everyone over the age of 55 should have a hearing test every two years.’

*Action on Hearing Loss

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