“The worse the hearing loss, the greater the risk – and this link remained true irrespective of age, diabetes and high blood pressure.”
“Does it drive you mad when you’re out for the evening and it’s so noisy you can’t hear a word anyone says? It does me.
You spend the whole time trying to convert sounds into words, then words into sense, leaving you exhausted after a couple of hours.
New research shows that the effort expended by the brain in doing this leaves it tired, so it has no processing power left over.
Just think what it would be like if you spent your whole life straining to catch what other people said – in other words, if you were hard of hearing.
A study at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, US has clarified the toll this straining takes. It’s illuminating, but saddening.
The scientists found that there was a close relationship between hearing loss and dementia.”…..
This was followed up in The New York Times (Pamela Belluck) on 11th Feb 2013:
Action on Hearing Loss (RNID – Royal National Institute for the Deaf) has published a report:
JOINING UP – Why people with hearing loss or deafness would benefit from an integrated response to long-term conditions
Ted Leverton has commented in another post:
“Patients who lose their hearing aids are being charged between £50-£100 for a replacement. This is the case with several of our local providers under the AQP (Any Qualified Provider) system, including the hospital audiology department.
Most of our hearing impaired population are elderly. It has often been a struggle for their families to encourage them to get HS hearing aids in the first place. The hearing aids reduce isolation and accidents, improve concordance with medication, and provide stimulation which slows memory loss.” (How to use Hearing Aids and what to expect)
He does on to say:
“Yesterday I visited a residential home and spent an hour teaching Care Assistants about hearing aids. They were enthusiastic, keen to learn, practical and focussed.
However they felt badly let down by professional NHS nurses who had repeatedly failed to provide them with support, and by GPs whose response had been ‘Well, it’s up to the nurses”.
I have to admit that I have lost a hearing aid, in a hire car whilst on holiday in Spain, and then paid for a replacement. One of the other problems is the batteries, and the sound that the hearing aid makes is so high pitched that those with high tone deafness cannot hear it. I rely on my wife to detect when I have inadvertently left it on! Battery replacements are available through the post on the NHS in our region, but I expect they could be another target for rationing in some areas.