Empowering Human Connections
If a patient struggles to hear your name, then they are likely to miss the critical information you impart during their consultation. Patients with hearing loss are often too embarrassed to request repetition or clarification a medical diagnosis or treatment. Their reluctance to revisit the conversation can lead to confusion, ineffective or incorrect treatment programmes, and a further decline in health.
Hearing loss affects 1 in 5 people. Many sufferers fail to notice the gradual decline in their hearing ability, and others live in denial. Moreover, people who are hearing impaired often don’t seek help until prompted to do so by a loved one or a respected professional. As hearing loss progresses, it strains relationships, contributes to social isolation, affects speech and cognition, and can lead to depression.
Lancet Commission Report on Dementia Prevention
Risk of dementia can be cut by one third by treating hearing loss, according to the 2020 report of the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care.*1
Simply wearing a hearing aid could significantly reduce the risk of developing the devastating condition, according to the review, led by Prof Gill Livingston of University College London.
The report, published in July 2020, assessed potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia that can be addressed as preventative interventions.
Most of your patients will insist on wearing a face mask to their consultation. Although this practice offers protection or yourself and the individual, it may challenge your conversation, especially if the person has hearing loss.
Typically, people with hearing difficulties rely on lipreading and facial interpretation to aid understanding.Masks obscure the face and muffle sound, and this cohort will struggle to hear.In a bid to raise awareness of this issue and promote mask-wearing etiquette, Hidden Hearing is asking everyone to “Please Speak Up” when wearing a mask. Amplify your voice and accentuate your speech so that the person you are speaking with can hear and understand. Wear a #Please Speak Up badge to encourage those around you to be mindful of the plight of people with hearing loss and be an ambassador for mask etiquette.
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