Hearing loss is often ignored or generally accepted as a sign of ageing. Many sufferers are either unaware they have an issue, or simply refuse to accept the signs. Hearing Awareness Week, from 24 to 30 August, aims to do just that – make people aware of the signs of hearing loss and highlights what can be done to address the issues.
While the major cause of hearing loss is the ageing process – over half the population who are aged between 60 and 70 suffers some form of hearing loss, there are a number of other issues which may mean you struggle to hear all that’s going on around you. Infectious diseases, prolonged exposure to loud noise and hereditary conditions all contribute to a loss of hearing in an estimated 3.5 million people.
Hearing loss can affect many areas of day-to-day life, with the ability to hear playing a critical role in personal safety – if you can’t hear dangers, you may be putting put yourself, your family and friends at risk. As with any medical condition, addressing the problem sooner rather than later will see a better outcome.
While hearing loss can occur at any age, there is a direct relationship between ageing and a decrease in hearing sensitivity. There are different types of hearing loss and several processes available to identify and rectify any problems.