As Father’s Day approaches (Sunday, 16th June), now is a great time to focus on the important influence that family members have on encouraging people to take action about their hearing loss. In a survey we conducted for Hearing Awareness Week 2011, we found that half of respondents (49%) said that encouragement from family and friends influenced their decision to seek treatment. So, before reaching for a tie, aftershave or golf jumper this weekend, how about a gift that will really strengthen the connection between you and your father – the gift of better hearing?
While it might sound unusual, there’s probably no better gift for a dad with hearing loss. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss leads to considerable negative, social, psychological, cognitive and health effects that go beyond hearing alone. It can also make family time far more difficult and frustrating for your father and for the whole family.
If you suspect that your dad might have hearing loss, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does he seem to have trouble hearing on the telephone?
- Is it more difficult for him to follow conversations?
- Does he keep turning up the TV or radio?
- Does he sometimes miss a telephone ring or doorbell?
- Does he seem more irritated or tired at big family gatherings?
- Does he ask for things to be repeated or for people to stop mumbling?
If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, why not make a free appointment with an audiologist at the local Hidden Hearing branch? Hearing loss can be easily diagnosed and treated yet almost 30% of people suffering with hearing loss leave it more than five years to seek treatment. Accompanying your dad to his appointment may also help make him more open to getting his hearing tested.
Hidden Hearing offers free hearing tests at its 60 branches nationwide. To book a test Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie. We also publish a number of reference booklets if you are like the popular Body, Heart & Mind. You can apply for a copy below.
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