‘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.

Hearing aids helps to prevent a higher level of cognitive decline in subjects with hearing loss

“No increased cognitive deficit for elderly people who use hearing aids”

Prof. Hélène Amieva, team leader at the Inserm 897 research center © G.B.
“Use of hearing aids attenuates cognitive decline in elderly people with hearing loss”. This is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at Unit 897 Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) in Bordeaux. The findings were published in late October in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The results were presented at a press conference held on Thursday October 29 by the French National Union of ENT specialists (SNORL) and the National Union of Hearing Aid Specialists (Unsaf), with the participation of Prof. Hélène Amieva, who represented the team from Bordeaux. Last year, the team presented results showing a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline, thus confirming the findings of research carried out by Prof. Frank Lin, and reinforcing these data since the longitudinal study in France covered a period of 25 years, versus six years for the American team.

Recent findings that support screening and rehabilitation of hearing disorders in elderly people

Comparative results between groups of subjects have shown that those who have hearing loss and who do not use hearing aids had a significantly higher cognitive decline, based on MMSE tests, than those without a hearing disorder, over 25 years of follow-up. The Mini-Mental State Examination developed by Folstein et al. is a common test used to assess a person’s cognitive and mental state. By contrast, declines demonstrated by MMSE tests in groups of subjects with hearing loss, but who use hearing aids, were not different from those of the control group made up of people with no hearing problems.

This study confirms that cognitive decline is increased in elderly people with hearing loss. Hearing impairments are generally associated with increased symptoms of depression and gradual social isolation.

The findings also suggest, for the first time, that rehabilitation of hearing loss with hearing aids helps to prevent a higher level of cognitive decline in subjects with hearing loss, compared to people who have no hearing difficulties.

Wearing hearing aids thus appears to have a positive effect on cognition by restoring communication abilities, and promoting social cohesion and quality of life.

“These results argue in favor of screening and rehabilitation of hearing disorders in elderly people,” said Prof. Amieva at the press conference. “We now have a set of data that is sufficiently robust to assert that hearing loss induces accelerated cognitive decline in the elderly. In addition, and for the first time, findings suggest that using hearing aids helps to attenuate this decline. Hearing impairments are generally associated with increased symptoms of depression and gradual social isolation. Wearing hearing aids thus appears to have a positive effect on cognition by restoring communication abilities, and promoting social cohesion and quality of life. People with hearing loss who have hearing aids do not present this higher cognitive decline, but appear to have a similar level of decline as elderly people with no hearing problems. And this finding is completely new! Also, more generally, our results show that along with other prevention strategies, such as physical exercise and a Mediterranean-type diet, maintaining healthy hearing should be one of the strategies used to promote “successful aging”. It seems that the PAQUID cohort will continue to bring us very important results, particularly in the area of hearing. Our Inserm team in Bordeaux is working on the epidemiology of aging, cognition in particular, and has been for many years. We are looking into many different factors, whether biological, genetic, environmental, or psychosocial, that are involved in cognitive decline at a given point in time. We recently started paying closer attention to hearing – we are in fact not audiology specialists by training – and I think that the results of this study are very encouraging and mean that we should go much further in this area! I am now thinking about the link there may be between hearing loss and loss of autonomy and entry into care institutions, along with all the consequences on health that are well known in aging and that are a concern to us all. The possibilities opened up by PAQUID are immense. Among the avenues of research, we specifically hope to show in time what links there are between hearing loss and mortality.”

What is PAQUID?

The PAQUID study – Inserm U 897, Epidemiology and biostatistics, Bordeaux – is a population cohort established in 1988 for very long-term follow-up (25 years so far) of 3,777 elderly people aged 65 years or over in 75 cities and towns in Gironde and Dordogne, south west France. The main objective of PAQUID was the epidemiological study of cognitive and functional aging in the general population, particularly the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases, but also the epidemiology of dependence in elderly subjects. Participants were examined eleven times, about every two years, with repeated testing of cognition, collection of functional scale data, and systematic detection of dementia. PAQUID provided the first estimates of the prevalence, incidence, and mean duration of the disease in the general population. The cohort was used to study the multiple risk factors of Alzheimer’s and related disorders, including age, sex, level of education, consumption of wine and tobacco, recreational activities, etc., along with the natural history of the prodromal phase of the disease, over more than ten years. PAQUID has shown that dementia was by far the main cause of dependence in elderly people. It has also shown that cognitive decline is higher in elderly people who have hearing loss, compared to those who do not have trouble hearing.

As a reminder, an American study by Prof. Frank Lin (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD) published in 2013 in the journal JAMA, that included 1,984 patients with a mean age of 77 years, arrived at the conclusion that hearing loss without correction was associated with an acceleration of cognitive decline in people living in retirement homes.