Slight deterioration in hearing may signal long term deafness

Posted on 18 February 2011

Even the slightest deterioration of hearing may require consideration of long term care plans to ensure any necessary treatment can begin early.

Becoming aware of not being able to hear people speaking as clearly as in the past is one of the early signs of hearing loss or damage, according to Hearing Link.

The charity notes that exposure to loud noise over short or long periods of time can damage hearing.

One of the most frustrating things for those paying for long term care who suffer from hearing loss is likely to be the prominence of background noise.

Hearing Link chief executive Lorraine Gaily explained: "The thing that is new these days is that there are plenty of places that you can go to do self-screening hearing tests.

"There are online ones, there are phone ones and there little test booths now springing up all over the place."

Further underlining the importance of seeking advice about suspected hearing loss early, research published by Johns Hopkins Medicine earlier this month suggested that people with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia over time.



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