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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The IFA (Irish Farmer’s Association) is challenging older farmers to think about ways they can improve their health and safety this Farm Safety Week.
Older farmers are undoubtedly more at risk on the farm. Accidents involving farmers over 55 years of age account for 55% of farm deaths, and 35% of fatal accidents on farms involve persons aged 65 or more. Most of these fatal accidents were caused by tractors/machinery, livestock and falls from height.
IFA President Joe Healy said, “Unfortunately, we can’t stay young forever and we have to recognise that ageing does affect not just our mobility but also our hearing and eyesight. This places older farmers at an increased risk of accident on the farm.
“We are encouraging older farmers to recognise their limitations, examine their work practices and to make sure to ask for help when they need it. We’re also highlighting the importance of getting regular health, hearing and eyesight checks so you can identify any issues, and take steps to address them or to change how you work on the farm in light of them.”
We at Hidden Hearing want to encourage farm families to avail of free hearing checks for anyone over the age of 50. Of all the senses, hearing fundamentally affects quality of life and has important health and safety implications, according to Hidden Hearing CEO Stephen Leddy, who says that over half the population aged between 60 and 80 are likely to have measurable hearing loss.
“Hearing loss is a simple fact of life, as we age. But, hearing facilitates communication and social interaction, supporting our relationships and daily activities, and it means we can be alerted to danger and more conscious of it”, Stephen Leddy explains.
Recent research shows that a third of farmers admitted to hearing loss and ringing in their ears as a problem. But further investigation showed that inability to hear conversations and background noise meant the problem was more widespread.
Worryingly, one in four farmers also admitted to never wearing ear protection in noisy farm environments.
Needing to turn up the TV or radio volume, feeling that people are mumbling more, and having to ask for things to be repeated are the first obvious signs of hearing loss.
We can offer help and advice in a supportive environment, including detail of grants for medical card holders, tax relief and PRSI treatment benefits.
In Ireland, over three-quarters of hearing loss is untreated*, for various reasons, but the sooner a problem is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be.
Just like teeth or eyes, a hearing check-up every year or two, as we age, promotes our safety and helps prevent the knock-on ill health effects of hearing loss that can include social isolation, depression, dementia, diminished heart health and stroke.
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