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Audiology | Press release | Sound advice this World Alzheimer’s Day

Sound advice this World Alzheimer’s Day

21 february 2018

Press release

With World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September, a chief audiologist is encouraging those over 55 to have their hearing tested and take action on dementia.
The study found an increased risk of disability and dementia in those with hearing loss, and, in men only, an increased risk of depression. These associations were not found in the participants using hearing aids.[i]
‘Having your hearing tested could be a simple step to ensure you are taking care of your ear health, and in turn, could reduce your chance of developing dementia’, says Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist.
‘Hearing loss can sometimes be sudden, but more often than not it happens gradually and you may not notice it at first, so it’s worth having your hearing tested every two years regardless, once you reach 55. For many, it can take up to 10 years to seek help for hearing loss, but don’t put it off – it may do more for your health than you realise.’