THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER HEARING
The hearing loss facts show why having a hearing test is so important.
Good hearing is key to a happy healthy life.
The longer hearing loss goes untreated, the more likely
you are to suffer from depression, mental fatigue and even dementia.
40% of adults aged over 50 are affected by hearing loss
12 million people across the UK have hearing loss
71% of new hearing aid wearers wish they’d acted sooner
140dBJet engine take off, gunshot
120dBAmplified concert, emergency siren
100dBMotorcycle, chainsaw, MP3 player (at full volume)
95dBLawn mower, loud toys
Potentially hazardous – hearing protection should be worn when engaging in activities above this level
When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain slows down. This leads to: mental fatigue, dementia, depression, isolation and anxiety.
The average time between the onset of hearing loss and seeking professional help.
Untreated hearing loss
Less stimulation of the brain
Accelerated mental decline, higher risk of dementia
Trouble remembering and problem solving
Treated hearing loss
Improved communication skills
Social activity stimulates the brain
Keeps your brain fit
Severe hearing loss:
more likely to develop dementia