UK Hearing Loss on the rise!!

UK Hearing Loss on the rise!!

There are now 11 million people (one in six) in the UK living with hearing loss according to a new report from the national charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), with the number increasing to one in five people (15.6 million) by 2035, due to an ageing population. At the same time, hearing loss is the only area that has seen a decrease in medical research funding during the last decade. The charity is urgently calling on the government to stop hearing aid cuts and protect and safeguard the provision of hearing aid services which offer a lifeline to many.

The new report, Hearing Matters, comprehensively details the scale and impact of deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, demonstrating to NHS commissioners and employers the prevalence and need to tackle it as a major public health condition, in order for them to plan to meet the needs of the increasing number of people with hearing loss so that they are not denied the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Key report findings:

· Less than 1% of medical research funding is spent on hearing loss – which is the equivalent of just £1.11 for every person affected, in comparison; £11.35 was spent on sight loss for every person affected and £19.79 on research into cardiovascular conditions.

· On average, people often take 10 years to seek help for their hearing loss, with evidence suggesting GPs fail to refer 45% of people reporting hearing problems for any intervention – which research shows can lead to communication difficulties and isolation.

· Hearing loss doubles the risk of developing depression and can lead to anxiety and other mental health conditions.

· People with mild hearing loss face double the risk of developing dementia, with moderate hearing loss leading to three times the risk and severe hearing loss five times the risk of developing dementia.

· In 2013 the UK economy lost more than £24.8 billion in potential output because people with hearing loss were unable to work.

· If low employment rates for people with hearing loss are not addressed, by 2031 the UK economy will lose £38.6 billion a year.

A ‘New’ Hearing aid that pushes the boundaries of Performance!

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This new hearing aid  pushes the barrier of performance. UNIQUE™ takes digital processing to a new level to capture more sound than any other hearing aid on the market.

A complete overall listening experience

With four A/D converters, UNIQUE can deliver up to 113dB SPL linear input without distortion or artefacts. The noise floor has been lowered to 5dB SPL for an incredible 108 dB input dynamic range. This means users of UNIQUE can not only hear important soft sounds without distortion, but also louder sounds.

Supreme sound quality in any environment

Hearing soft sounds is particularly important for users but even more important is determining which are useful and which are not. UNIQUE is the only hearing aid that ensures important soft sounds are maintained and unwanted soft sounds are removed.

The powerful Soft Level Noise Reduction system reduces the soft sounds users do not want to hear while retaining the audibility of soft speech. And it determines the difference between speech and noise without any compromise in speech intelligibility or comfort.

The best wind noise reduction in the industry

For users to truly enjoy being outdoors, it is essential that that they can hear clearly no matter the conditions. The Wind Noise Attenuation system in UNIQUE provides users with documented improvement in hearing speech and environmental sounds in the presence of wind noise.

Full connectivity

All UNIQUE hearing aids are compatible with our DEX range of communication accessories that provide full connectivity to mobile phones, remote controls, TVs and more.

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New Acquisition

We are pleased to announce that Sound Advice Hearing has acquired the audiological business of Hearing Help Ltd in Lincoln. We are very pleased to welcome on board Lorraine Tipler, who brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of Audiology, Clinical Ear Care and Tinnitus. We also welcome Tracy Melligan, who will be carrying on with Reception and Admin duties.

As part of the new venture, we will be shortly looking to relocate to new premises close by, which going forward will be named Sound Advice Hearing Lincoln Ltd. In the short interim period, Lorraine will be operating a home visit service or can be contacted at 11 High Street, Heighington LN4 1RG on either Tel: 01522 686114 or 01522 791188.  Lorraine will continue with business ‘as normal’ providing an excellent hearing care service.

We will also continue to operate from our Day Centre at Burton Water’s Lincoln.

More news to follow.

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