Love your hearing this Valentine’s Day
Post on 14th February 2018
Today is traditionally the most romantic of the year when we celebrate love and declare our feelings to those who make our heart sing.
Whispering sweet nothings is the order of the day, but what if you can’t hear them?
Sad to say on what should be a happy and uplifting day there are people who face being lonely hearts because of hearing problems.
For hearing loss impacts the quality of daily life and left unchecked it can lead to social isolation and depression. It is estimated that only around 40% of those who need hearing aids have them, yet they can make such a difference.
We believe it’s time to ‘Love Your Hearing’ and care for this vital sense by having regular check-ups. With free NHS hearing tests and digital hearing aids available on the high street, help is more accessible than ever.
Hearing loss can cut people off from family and friends and make social situations more difficult. They may then become isolated and be more prone to feelings of loneliness.
Older people with hearing loss are more than twice as likely to develop depression as those with healthy hearing, according to the charity Action on Hearing Loss.
Hearing changes gradually over time and hearing loss can occur at any age but for the majority it occurs over 50. More than 70 per cent of people over 70 suffer to some degree.
We recommend an annual hearing health check for anyone over 50 to identify any changes and see what action is needed.
We provide a free NHS hearing service for people who are eligible and have been referred by their GP. If you would like help and advice on how you can Love Your Hearing please call into your nearest branch.