World Hearing Day and your local hearing care

World Hearing Day is an annual campaign organised by the World Health Organisation’s Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness. Activities take place all across the world, including an event conducted at the World Health Organisation on March 3.

According to the World Health Organisation (2023), over 1.5 billion individuals have hearing loss, with about one in every four people likely to have hearing impairments by 2050!

World Hearing Day promotes universal ear and hearing care this year. Allegro Optical offers a complete, free hearing loss evaluation with hearing clinics in Marsden Huddersfield, Meltham Holmfirth, and Greenfield Saddleworth. Our audiologists and hearing care professionals are here to help, whether you visit us or receive care at home.

Our team will work with you to plan, advise, and guide you through your hearing journey to find the right solution. We also schedule future check-ups, maintenance, adjustments, and annual hearing tests so you can enjoy better hearing without worrying about appointments.

Why is hearing important?

Hearing is a vital aspect of human life that significantly impacts our overall well-being. Being able to hear and communicate clearly is crucial for us as social beings because we thrive on interactions and connections with others.

Untreated hearing loss can have catastrophic consequences for various aspects of our lives. It can lead to social isolation, feelings of rejection, loneliness, and a decline in mood. Furthermore, research has shown that hearing loss is a major risk factor for dementia. However, the good news is that timely hearing intervention can potentially reverse this risk and improve cognitive health.

In essence, the ability to hear plays a crucial role in our physical, mental, and cognitive health, as well as in enhancing our life expectancy. By recognising the importance of hearing and addressing any issues promptly through appropriate interventions, we can safeguard not only our auditory abilities but also our overall quality of life.

What causes hearing loss?

The ear is divided into three parts: outer, middle, and inner.

Different conditions that cause hearing loss can have an impact on all of these components. Some of the causes of hearing loss are:

  • Presbyacusis (age-related hearing loss)
  • Impacted ear wax
  • Noise-induced hearing loss.
  • Glue ear (mucus blockage in the middle ear).
  • Infection
  • Genetics
  • Aminoglycosides and platinum-based drugs may cause ototoxicity.
  • Head Trauma

Could I have a hearing loss?

Several signs may indicate that you have hearing loss. Here are a few examples:

  • Family members or friends may have mentioned that you are having trouble hearing them.
  • Your television or radio volume is overly loud for others.
  • You have a tendency to ask people to repeat themselves.
  • Difficulty hearing conversations in groups or noisy environments, or feeling excluded.
  • Speaking on the phone is difficult.
  • Avoid social gatherings.

Why test my hearing? 

Memory, thinking, and judgement decline with age-related hearing loss, according to research. Hearing loss can cause social isolation and a lack of hearing stimulation. Hearing loss can also strain the brain by making it work harder to hear and understand. Research suggests that hearing aids can slow natural hearing loss.

At Allegro Optical, we recommend regular hearing tests for those over 60 or with hearing concerns. HCPC-registered audiologists will perform a thorough evaluation, including:

  • Background hearing and medical history interview Evaluation of hearing characteristics and daily impact
  • Otoscopy/video camera outer ear examination
  • microsuction earwax removal if required (chargeable)
  • Pure tone audiometry checks hearing loss level and type.
  • Tympanometry will assess middle-ear function, while speech testing will evaluate your ability to understand speech in noise.
  • a summary of your hearing and ear health a hearing assessment report with recommendations for referral to other healthcare professionals as needed

What if my hearing test shows hearing loss?

Your audiologist will discuss your options, including hearing aids, if necessary. Each hearing aid type suitable for your hearing loss and lifestyle will be explained. Rest assured that your audiologist will confidently guide you through the best hearing aid options based on your specific hearing loss and lifestyle needs.

We encourage you to invite a family member or friend to accompany you to your hearing assessment so that we can better understand your current hearing capacity in daily situations. It is also helpful to have a familiar voice available in case you decide to have a hearing aid demonstration.

How to book your hearing care appointment 

Allegro Optical’s hearing care professionals offer microsuction and electronic irrigation, ear wax removal, hearing tests, and hearing aid services. Appointments are scheduled quickly and conveniently. Don’t suffer in silence, we can help you. You can book your appointment online at https://allegrooptical.co.uk/book-online-today/ or call your nearest practice.

  • Greenfield, Saddleworth, 01457 353 100
  • Marsden, Huddersfield, 01484 976 88
  • Meltham, Holmfirth, 01484 90 70 90

Home visits are available if you are unable to visit any of our locations.

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