Make the most of the Sounds of Spring
Mar 01, 2019 in Hearing Care
Don’t miss out on the delightful sounds of springtime – it’s high time we all talked openly about hearing loss and how we can manage it.
Spring is here, and with it comes the best that nature has to offer. From the lyrical voice of the song thrush to the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the blossoming trees and shrubs, it’s all too easy to miss out on the subtle sounds of nature if you’re experiencing hearing loss.
That’s why this year we want to throw the spotlight on the importance of regular hearing tests – they’re just as important as regular hearing tests.
Our ‘Sounds of Spring’ campaign is here to get people talking about their hearing and listening out for the sounds they might be missing. From delicate birdsong to bees buzzing around a lavender bush, we want everyone to appreciate the sounds of spring.
What is the medical definition of hearing loss?
The most common form of hearing loss is called presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. Presbycusis is linked to ageing, but lifestyle factors can make a difference. As you probably know, prolonged exposure to loud noises (above 85 decibels) isn’t good for your hearing health.
Presbycusis is caused by the auditory system’s natural ageing process, so it happens very gradually – and this makes it difficult to spot. High pitched sounds such as birdsong can disappear without you even realising.
It’s this long-term, gradual deterioration that makes regular assessments so important. Just like your regular dental check-ups or eye tests, any changes – however small – need to be measured and tracked over time.
Hearing loss is very common, so you’re not alone. One in six of the UK (11 million people) has some form of hearing loss. But what are the risk factors? Figures from UK charity Action on Hearing Loss show that age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the single biggest cause of hearing loss in the UK. If affects 42% of people over the age of 50 and 71% of people over the age of 70.
Rediscover birdsong once more
Do you struggle to hear quiet birdsong or have difficulty having a conversation in a noisy environment? Book in a free hearing test with us and you might find that hearing aids are the best treatment – and they’re more advanced today than they’ve ever been before.
Leading hearing aid manufacturer Oticon makes discreet, easily rechargeable devices. The latest version has just been released: the Oticon Opn S™. It’s proven to make listening to sounds and conversation easier on the brain, and in noisy environments it’s just as effective as normal hearing.