Over half of Irish people struggle with hearing on the phone study finds

By | October 9, 2020

According to a study carried out by Specsavers, 54 per cent of Irish people struggle to hear on the phone when there is background noise.

The study also found that 1 in 5 Irish people have told that the volume at which they listen to the TV or radio is too loud, which according to Specsavers are high indicators that a hearing test is required.

49 per cent of people are more health aware as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but due to restrictions were unable to attend routine hearing appointments during lockdown restrictions.

Specsavers Ireland Audiology Chairperson, Orla Walsh, is encouraging anyone who was struggling with their hearing during the pandemic lockdown to get their ears tested.

‘Lockdown has been a really challenging time for our active audiology customers as they rely heavily on their hearing aids to stay connected to friends, family and with the daily news. We would encourage anyone who struggled with their hearing during the pandemic to make an appointment as soon as possible.’

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Despite it being a progressive and modern Ireland, where one in six Irish adults are affected by hearing loss, stigmas associated with hearing loss remain prevalent. The World Health Organization estimates that hearing loss will soon become one of the top 10 most costly conditions in the developed world.

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While not all hearing loss is preventable, Specsavers recommends that those over the age of 55 should have their hearing tested every two years. Because of the slow progression of hearing loss, it frequently goes unnoticed and can take up to 10 years before the problem is identified.

Walsh also offered advice as to how to prevent ones hearing aid from being dislodged while putting on and taking off a face mask.

“To try and combat the problem always take extra care when removing your mask or you may find that wearing a mask with ties rather than ear loops work better. Another option is to use a mask holder or extender which secures the mask at the back of the head and therefore does not cause interference with aids or glasses.”

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