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Your Health & Fitness | Avoid Hearing Loss


DR. CHRIS’S TIPS TO HELP PREVENT HEARING LOSS


 Don’t turn your music or television up too loud  If you are going to a concert or going to be exposed to loud noises, wear ear protection  Get your hearing checked regularly


Benefi ts of getting your


hearing checked ‘The stigma associated with deafness means many of us are too embarrassed to admit we can’t hear as well as we used to,’ explains Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK. ‘This is a tragedy, because while there is currently no cure for deafness, if diagnosed early enough, there is much that can be done to combat hearing loss.’ On average it takes people over 10


years to address their hearing loss, during which time their hearing will become progressively worse. As well as preventing further deterioration, there are a number of other benefi ts to getting your hearing checked: • The longer hearing loss is left, the harder the brain fi nds it to adjust to having heightened hearing again. This means that when hearing aids are eventually fi tted, they may be less effective. • Contrary to popular belief, hearing aids are not detrimental to your hearing. In fact, they preserve as much of your useful hearing as possible, which is why waiting for 10 years to get your hearing checked can have devastating results. • Wearing hearing aids can positively impact on quality of life, allowing people to enjoy sounds


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and activities that they may have believed were behind them. • There are currently around two million hearing aid wearers in the UK but a further four million people would benefi t from having a hearing aid fi tted. • Many people are put off by wearing hearing aids as they believe they look unsightly or unfashionable. However, modern hearing aids are slimmer, lighter and more discreet than ever before. • According to a study by Deafness Research UK, over a half of hearing aid wearers described having them fi tted as ‘a relief’. • For more information on hearing tests and support for hearing loss, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk


“There are currently around two million hearing aid wearers in the UK but a further four million people would benefi t from having a hearing aid fi tted”


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