“Living with undiagnosed hearing impairment can have serious consequences,” commented Leighton HearingCare MD Ryan Leighton. “These can include isolation, withdrawal, problems at work, depression, low self-esteem and a host of other symptoms according to recent academic research**.”
“Taking a simple hearing test could be the first step to alleviating these symptoms,” added Leighton. “It’s a quick, easy and non-intrusive procedure.”
Professor Adrian Davis, National Director for Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, and the leading researcher into hearing impairment in the UK commented: “Probably over 3.4 million people in the UK need hearing aids and do not have them according to EuroTrak UK – similar to a figure estimated by the MRC studies and RNID. This represents a massive challenge to everyone involved with hearing healthcare, hearing aids and their dispensing. The negative impact on the lives of the undiagnosed hearing impaired cannot be underestimated.”
Eurotrak is the most comprehensive survey undertaken in this field throughout Europe. Consumers answered questions not only about their personal hearing, but also about their attitudes to and knowledge about hearing aids.
Other key EuroTrak findings include:-
– UK has the lowest hearing test rate (31% UK, 47% France, 55% Germany)
– 39% of people who consult their doctor about their hearing impairment do not go any further to seek a solution.
You can be sure that similar percentage figures are prevalent in Ireland if not worse. Without the UK NHS system there is more pressure on the private sector and individuals to take up the cause of better hearing care.
If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing.
** Source: ” Evaluation of the social and economic costs of hearing impairment” by London South Bank University / Professor Bridget Shield