A DeafHear campaign dedicated to the early treatment of hearing loss in adults.

Hearing loss is a very common health condition in adults, but it is often unrecognised and untreated. By the age of 60 years, one in three of us will have a significant disabling hearing loss. There is 250,000 Irish adults with a significant hearing loss, but less than half of them have taken any action to address their hearing loss, resulting in major risks to their health and quality of life.

Mind Your Hearing aims to address this major population health issue. Initially we will focus on encouraging people to address their hearing loss earlier by providing them with information on hearing loss and it’s impact on health and quality of life.

During 2017 we aim to work with key health professionals such as GPs and Public Helath Nurses to encourage earlier diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. And we will work with Government and other stakeholders on a range of issues, particularly to increase the affordability of hearing aids to non-medical card holders.

Understanding
Hearing Loss

Understanding Hearing Loss

Communication keeps us socially connected to family, friends, work colleagues and society.

Recognising
Hearing Loss

Recognising Hearing Loss

Sometimes it is the partner of a person with hearing loss who may first become aware of the problem.

Information
Leaflets

Fact Sheets And FAQ

Concerned about Hearing Loss? Read and download the campaign leaflets.

Watch the Campaigns Videos

Hearing Loss: The Impact on Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing

Hearing loss affects communication. It affects our ability to relate to others and results in increased levels of social isolation. Social isolation and hearing loss has an effect on health.

Hearing loss is the number one cause of Years Lost to Disability in people aged over 70 in Western Europe.

People with mild to severe hearing loss have two to five times the risk of developing dementia compared to those with normal hearing.

Older people with hearing loss are two and a half times more likely to experience depression.

Hearing loss is also associated with poorer social relationships with partners and family members, higher rates of diabetes and hospitalisation, and greater levels of dependency.

On a positive note, research has shown that the fitting of hearing aids improves social relationships and reduces the rate of cognitive decline.

Research also shows that the earlier people get fitted with hearing aids after acquiring a hearing loss, the better the outcomes they experience.

Taking action earlier on hearing loss results in better outcomes.

News

Hearing Aids improve cognitive performance.Hearing Aids improve cognitive performance
Posted: 13th May 2016

New research to be published soon in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has found that participants who wore hearing aids performed better on cognitive tests than participants with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids..

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World expert says using hearing aids could help fight dementia.World expert says using hearing aids could help fight dementia
Posted: 18th February 2016

Professor Frank Lin is a world expert on hearing loss and cognitive decline, and he is Professor of geriatric medicine and otolaryngology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He recently spoke about the implications of hearing loss and our thinking abilities at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington. “Treating hearing loss could potentially help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia” said Lin.

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Some facts about Hearing Loss:

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in adults.

  • Hearing loss has a major impact on quality of life and health.

  • People wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment for their hearing loss.

  • Hearing loss is a common health condition in adults.

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In other words, we all know somebody with hearing loss!