Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Hearing loss is a common condition, but it still carries a stigma and many people do not seek help for a long time after they begin to experience difficulties. There are many reasons why this can cause additional problems, and we would always advise making an appointment for a free hearing test as soon as you suspect that you may have hearing loss.
Many people live with hearing loss on a daily basis, and cover up their condition with coping mechanisms so that others do not notice that they have a disability. However, this can influence their quality of life as well as their health and their social interaction, and can lead to many other problems.
Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead To:
- Depression and anxiety. Many people who have hearing loss find it more difficult to maintain a normal social life and isolate themselves from their peers, which commonly leads to depression and anxiety.
- Dementia. Dementia is a condition that many people dread as they get older, but most do not realise that the likelihood of developing it is much higher amongst people with untreated hearing loss. When hearing loss is treated with hearing aids, the areas of the brain that are responsible for speech and language are stimulated, as in people with normal hearing, and this helps to prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Accidents and injuries. Common accidents and injuries are much more likely to happen to people who have untreated hearing loss than to those who hear normally or wear hearing aids. Once your hearing loss is treated, you will also be able to look into products such as visual alarms that can alert you to dangers, making it much easier to manage hearing loss.
- Further hearing loss. Hearing loss will continue to worsen if it is not treated, so you should seek help as soon as possible to prevent this deterioration.
Many people worry about wearing hearing aids, but are impressed by the way in which hearing technology has developed. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that digital hearing aids are tiny, discreet and highly sensitive. Invisible hearing aids are, as the name suggests, so small that they cannot be seen by others when they are placed inside the ear canal.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think you may have hearing loss, the first step is to book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist as soon as you can. Our friendly team can help you to find the best approach to improve your hearing experience, and you can benefit from advice and information from the experts.
We have a great range of hearing aids for you to try, including tiny digital hearing aids that are discreet, highly sensitive and very effective. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.