Hearing should be checked 'just like eyes'

Posted on 15 September 2011

Older adults looking for ways to pay for care should be diligent in getting hearing tests.

Andrew Goodwin, information and outreach advisor at Deafness Research UK, said that people should get their hearing checked every two years.

He explained that hearing loss is more common than many believe, with over nine million individuals in the UK affected.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help treat symptoms successfully, noted the expert.

"Hearing aids can help prevent cells in the ear dying by stimulating them before they are lost forever. Wait too long and once these cells are dead, they cannot be regrown," warned Mr Goodwin.

This follows a Canadian study which found that lifelong musicians experience less age-related hearing issues than those who do not play an instrument.

The study, published in journal Psychology and Aging, indicated that lifelong musicianship could combat age-related changes in the brain as the individuals frequently use their auditory system on a high level.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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