In a world where we are constantly connected to each other by technology and social media, we can forget that the key to good communication is listening. This is why Ellie Mirjani, Specsavers’ Hammersmith audiologist is encouraging everyone to listen up for World Hearing Day (March 3).
It is all part of Specsavers continued campaign to break down the stigma often associated with hearing loss. Many people are not aware that hearing loss is very common and affects people of all ages. Startlingly, 1 in 6 people in the UK have some kind of hearing loss. Your hearing changes over time and for different reasons, which is why people experience different types of loss, at different ages.
As experts in audiology, Specsavers is determined to help everyone take the necessary steps to protect and preserve their hearing so they can continue doing all the things they love.
Ms Mirjani explains: ‘Evidence shows people suffering with hearing loss can end up feeling isolated and lonely as they struggle to communicate and join in with others. Therefore, it is crucial that people are more aware of how to spot and manage hearing loss at the earliest opportunity. It should not be neglected.’
Ms Mirjani adds: ‘It is also important to remember that to communicate we heavily rely on both our hearing and sight. A lot of people with hearing difficulties use lip reading to clarify things they’re not sure about. But if you’re struggling to see too, then that also causes problems. Both senses are crucial in making sure you can communicate effectively.’
It’s important that we take the correct steps to ensure our hearing is protected and this starts with regular hearing tests. It is recommended that those over 40 have a hearing test every year.
Some other steps Ms Mirjani recommends you take are:
A number of high-profile celebrities have joined Specsavers to break down the stigmas associated with hearing loss and to encourage people to listen up for World Hearing Day. Actress Sherrie Hewson has previously opened up about her own struggles saying: ‘You can miss out on a lot if you don’t hear, and often this makes you seem older than you are. People often associate hearing aids with age – I know I did – but technology is so good now that you can have something which fits in your ear and nobody would even know it’s there.
‘It’s important for people at every age to consider their hearing and not to be frightened or intimidated by hearing aids. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and it helps you to get the most out of life.’
Your hearing naturally changes over time and it is important that people take steps to protect and preserve their hearing.
If you are concerned about your hearing, you can book your hearing check with Specsavers Hammersmith here.
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