‘NEW’ Sound Advice Hearing Centre Open in Lincoln

‘NEW’ Sound Advice Hearing Centre Open in Lincoln

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our new ‘fully’ equipped hearing centre in Lincoln.  Since the acquisition of Hearing Help Ltd we have been in temporary accommodation whilst the new centre has been created.  As of Monday 14th December the new centre will be open to new and existing patients/customers.  So why not come along and visit us for refreshments and see our impressive new branch. Lorraine Tipler our registered Hearing aid Dispenser and Clinical Ear Care Practitioner will be more than happy to see you.  If you require an appointment or wish to get in touch we are located at:

137 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7PJ      Tel: 01522 686114

We are situated a few hundred yards down from Argos on the High Street (next door to flames).  Public car parking is available opposite on Chaplin Street, nearby at St Marks Retail Park and Lincoln Magistrates Court.

There will be some ‘special’ offers running through December and January, including 10% off all earwax removals and accessories/batteires.

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Untreated Hearing Loss Concern

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Around two million people who need a hearing aid do not even realise they have problems, the annual health survey for England suggests.
The report indicates nearly a quarter of men and a sixth of women over the age of 55 who think they hear well actually have a hearing loss.
And less than a third of all adults with a hearing loss use a hearing aid.
The charity Action on Hearing Loss said it took most people a decade to seek help.
It is the first time the annual health survey, conducted by NatCen Social Research, has compared people’s perceptions about their hearing with the results of actual tests.
Dr Jennifer Mindell, from UCL and one of the authors of the section on hearing, said the findings were worrying.
She told the BBC: “Whether people are in denial or just unaware of what they can’t hear we don’t know.”
She said about half of the people who had said they had “great difficulty” hearing still did not use a hearing aid.
Dr Mindell said: “People think it’s a normal part of ageing, and some don’t want a hearing aid as they feel there’s a stigma attached in a way that people don’t with glasses.”
Untreated hearing loss can lead to social exclusion due to the restrictive effect on conversation.
Dr Mindell said it was a “cause for concern” and there was a link between untreated hearing loss and poor mental health.
The report suggests:
At least 5.7 million adults – 13% of the English population – have some degree of hearing loss
Hearing problems increase sharply with age, affecting 83% of those over 85
It is more common in men, with 50% having some hearing loss over the age of 65 compared with 38% of women
Only a quarter of adults with at least moderate hearing loss had a hearing test in the past year
Gemma Twitchen, an audiologist with the charity Action on Hearing Loss, said: “Reluctance to acknowledge hearing difficulties is far more common than we might think – on average it takes people 10 years to seek help for hearing loss.
“Early diagnosis is key, and hearing aids are vital in ensuring people can continue to communicate better with friends and family.

Noise a problem during pregnancy?

A new cohort study has shown that noise exposure during pregnancy can damage the unborn child’s hearing, with an 80% increased risk in noisy occupational environments.

Until recently, it was assumed that unborn children where shielded from noise in the womb but it has been demonstrated that loud noise does in fact reach the fetus. The study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden provides new evidence that women should avoid exposure to high levels of noise while they are pregnant.

The study, to be published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, included a cohort of over 1.4 million children born in Sweden between 1986 and 2008. Data collected included their mother’s occupation, smoking habits, age, ethnicity, body mass index, leave of absence, and socio-economic factors. Results showed that for the group of part-time and full-time workers, the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for hearing dysfunction associated with maternal occupational noise exposure greater than 85 dB versus less than 75 dB was 1.27 (95% CI). For full-time workers as a group, the HR was 1.82 (95% CI).

“The Swedish Work Environment Authority recommendation is that pregnant women should avoid noise levels of over 80 dBA, but unfortunately this recommendation is not always followed,” says Jenny Selander, lead author for the study. “Our study shows how imperative it is for employers to observe this recommendation. Even if pregnant women themselves use ear protectors in noisy environments, the babies they’re carrying remain unprotected.”

Source: Karolinska Institutet; Selander J, et al. Maternal Occupational Exposure to Noise during Pregnancy and Hearing Dysfunction in Children: A Nationwide Prospective Cohort Study in Sweden. Environmental Health Perspectives 2015 Dec 8.