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Hearing Loss - Spotting the Signs


Did you know that most of the ten million people in the UK with hearing loss developed it as they got older?

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Age-related damage to the cochlea is the single biggest cause of hearing loss: 71.1% of over 70 year olds and 41.7% of over 50 year olds have some form of hearing loss.

No, not the cheeriest of subjects but important, nevertheless. As the years roll by, we all need to keep a careful eye on ourselves, and one another.

For many people, hearing loss happens gradually, and sometimes it creeps up so slowly that we don’t actually notice. Bear this in mind if you have members of the family who are entering the stage of their lives where they are vulnerable to hearing loss. If you have any social family gatherings coming up, take a few minutes just to carefully observe relatives and friends, and see if there is any cause for concern.

We don’t all know what to look out for. Yes, someone cranking up the volume on their TV or cupping their hand to one ear and asking you to repeat what you’ve just said, are obvious ‘red flags’. But very often, the signs are more subtle. After all, one of six of the UK population suffers from some form of hearing loss – that’s more than ten million people altogether. And most of those developed hearing loss as they got older: 71% of those aged 70 years old and over have some form it, but so too 41.7% of over 50s.

Hidden Hearing is a British organisation providing free no obligation hearing tests and advice through a network of 84 hearing centres across the country. They have now devised this chart below to help people spot the signs of hearing loss.

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