Almost two thirds (64 percent ) of people actively avoid social situations because they struggle to hear, research by Specsavers Audiologists Ireland reveals.
Staying connected to one another, especially with our loved ones, is more important than ever in helping us to stave off loneliness and maintain good mental health. This has been highlighted in the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Tilda )2, which says that hearing loss can lead to lower social participation, more loneliness and depressive symptoms, particularly in older men. That is why, at one of the most social times of the year, Specsavers Audiologists are turning up the volume on hearing loss and encouraging everyone to face loneliness together, one connection at a time.
With lockdown restrictions easing during the festive period, Specsavers is urging people to prioritise their hearing health to ensure that they get the most enjoyment out of Christmas, staying connected with friends, loved ones, and their wider community, whether it’s in person, virtually, or on the phone.
The study by Specsavers reveals 64 percent of people struggle with their hearing when socialising, with many saying they would skip social events to avoid awkwardness. A third (33% ) of those surveyed avoid social situations as they fear not being able to hear people, with 30 percent saying they would feel embarrassed asking people to repeat themselves.
The Specsavers Golden Island Shopping Centre store remain open to provide a full breadth of audiology and optical services to the local community, and have introduced strict hygiene and personal protection measures, to ensure a safe and comfortable customer experience.
For more information on hearing loss and mental health visit www.specsavers.ie/hearing/hearing-loss/understanding/mental-health-hearing-loss To request an appointment, call your local store or visit www.specsavers.ie