March is Hearing Awareness Month which aims to raise awareness around hearing health, kicking off with World Hearing Day on the 3rd of March.
This year the theme is around ‘Ear and hearing care for all’ which encourages people to seek early identification and management of their hearing loss.
“At Bay Audiology we believe nobody should miss out on the joys of hearing which is why we offer Free hearing checks for everyone over 18 and a Free to Hear Program for those in Financial Hardship” says Bay Audiology Managing Director, Dean Lawrie.
Ear and hearing problems are among the most common problems encountered in the community with an estimated 1 in 6 New Zealander’s experiencing hearing loss1, so we all know someone who is impacted. The good news is that the earlier you seek treatment, the better off you will be with your quality of life and your ability to communicate with others2. Managing hearing loss may also help prevent cognitive decline and dementia3.
It can be a challenge when someone close to you is experiencing hearing difficulties. It is not easy to find the right time to start a conversation about hearing loss. Reactions can be mixed, because hearing loss can be a gradual process, which people learn to accommodate and find it difficult to accept.
If you or a friend or family member might be experiencing hearing loss, there has never been a better time than now to talk about it with one of our specialists. A free hearing check takes only 20-minutes and can determine if there is hearing loss or not.
If you are worried about your hearing, or that of a loved one, book an appointment with one of our specialists today to check your hearing health. At Bay Audiology, we are here to help determine which type of hearing loss you have, how it was caused, and what can be done to help.
1 Deloitte Access Economics, (2016). The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in New Zealand (p.9).The National Foundation for the deaf.
2Kochkin, S. (2011, June). Patients report improved quality of life with hearing aid usage. The Hearing Journal, 64(6), 25-32
3G Livingston, Jonathan Huntley, Andrew Sommerlad, et al. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission. The Lancet. July 30, 2020.