MEN are more likely to develop hearing loss than women, due to a greater lifetime exposure to noise, Crewe and Nantwich hearing centres have warned.
Specsavers’ hearing centres on Market Street, Crewe and High Street, Nantwich, are hoping to target the problem locally and are giving out advice to its male residents about the importance of regular hearing tests as part Men’s Health Week (9-15 June).
Studies have shown that men are more likely to develop hearing loss than women because of exposure to noise in the workplace and that there are strong links between hearing loss and depression.*
It is estimated that 10 million people in the UK are affected by some form of hearing loss and almost 40 per cent of these people are of working age.** Men’s Health Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems such as hearing loss and encourages boys and men to decrease their health risks through regular examinations.
Matthew McDonnell, hearing director at Specsavers Crewe says: ‘Unlike sight loss, hearing loss is a gradual process that may not be noticed until significant loss of aural awareness has occurred. People don’t always appreciate that hearing tests can be as important as eye tests and that regular checks are recommended.’
‘Hearing loss does not just occur in older people and can be the result of external factors such as working in a noisy workplace like on a building site or in a nightclub and can also be caused by listening to music too loud through headphones.’
‘This Men’s Health Week we are encouraging men of all ages to overcome any apprehensions they might have and come in to store to get their hearing tested, staff in store will also be giving out helpful tips and advice about keeping their hearing healthier for longer’.
Men’s Health Week is the week leading up to and including father’s day and takes place every year all round the world. This week gives health care providers, public policy makes, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
To book your next appointment at Specsavers Crewe call 01270 250 707 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Crewe. To book at Specsavers Nantwich call 01270 621660 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Nantwich
*Figures taken from NHS website and can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hearing-impairment/Pages/Introduction.aspx