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Hearing Loss Can Affect Your Cognitive Skills & Memory If You Don`t Act
Friday, January 19th 2018 3:20pm
Welcome to our first blog post of 2018 here at Lisburn Hearing, we hope the New Year is treating you well so far. Today we thought we would share with you some information on the effect hearing loss can have on your cognitive skills and your memory if left to go unchecked.
Large Number Of People Over 50 Suffer From Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be an unfortunate by-product of the ageing process, your ears have been subjected to a great deal of noise over the years and it is a fact that most peoples hearing eventually gets worse. Statistics show us that more than 40% of people over 50 suffer from some degree of hearing loss and this increases to 70% for the over 70`s.
Hearing loss is not just a problem you can view on its own as it can bring on a whole set of issues for people. For many people a loss of hearing can lead to them becoming isolated from their friends, family and work colleagues, which can in turn sometimes lead to depression and various mental health issues. There are studies that also show that this isolation can lead to an increase in the chances of someone developing dementia.
10 Years Before Seeking Help
Looking at the problems that hearing loss can bring you would think that people would be only too keen to get this fixed as soon as possible, however research has shown that the average person leaves it for 10 years before seeking help!! In fact, in the UK only around 40% of the people who need hearing aids actually have them, which means there are 60% of people walking around out there who could make their life easier and better by getting hearing aids fitted.
We believe that there are two main reasons for this. One reason is that some people think there is still a stigma attached to wearing a hearing aid and that they would feel uncomfortable wearing one in public. The other reason is that they just don`t realise that their hearing is deteriorating.
Free Hearing Test
But nobody should be worried about wearing a hearing aid, the new technology makes them totally unobtrusive, they are small and fit perfectly and are also very effective. And if you are not sure whether you have hearing loss are not it costs you nothing to get checked out. At Lisburn Hearing we provide a free hearing test, all you need to do is book an appointment by ringing us on 028 9264 0302.
Because most of us have exceptional hearing when we are young we kind of take it for granted and so don`t take a great deal of notice once our hearing begins to deteriorate for whatever reason. But we should because good hearing is essential, it helps to keep us connected with the outside world and other people and helps us to live our lives without any limitations. It also helps to keep us safe as it helps us to be aware of our outside environment.
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