A new global survey reveals the importance of diagnosing and managing hearing loss if we want happier and healthier lives.
Research of 24,000 people from 14 countries by high street hearing specialist, Audika, and international research group, YouGov, examined the health and happiness of hearing aid wearers and non-hearing aid wearers, pre- and post-testing.
The survey revealed 37 per cent of Australian hearing aid wearers are happier than before diagnosis. And the impact of a diagnosis can be transformative; nearly 1 in 5 hearing aid wearers report a 'life-changing' difference.
Significantly, the findings suggest that hearing loss is more widespread than we might think - with almost half of Australians (43 per cent) thinking that they have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is also one of Australians' biggest worries when it comes to ageing (43 per cent) - after forgetfulness (57 per cent) and frailty (44 per cent) - but ahead of loss of sight (32 per cent).
Despite all of this, the survey shows Australians are not taking action to look after their hearing, with only one in five planning a hearing test in the next 12 months - compared to 39% who intend to get an eye test in the same period.
Furthermore, Australians' top health concern is memory loss/dementia (70 per cent), yet 83 per cent are unaware of the associated risk between hearing loss and dementia. Treating hearing loss early, before or in mid-life, is one of 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia as recognised by a landmark 2020 study in The Lancet*.
So love your ears, and you could get a $50 Visa Prepaid Card.
To help Australian's access life changing hearing support Audika is offering Seniors Card Holders a special offer. New clients who complete an in-clinic hearing check are eligible for a $50 Visa Prepaid Card. And if you bring an eligible friend, your friend will be rewarded too!
Offer available to Seniors Card members during the promotional period 1 April 2022 to 31 December 2022. View Offer and full terms and conditions.
So, what better excuse do you have to grab a friend and prioritise your hearing health together!
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*Livingston, Gill, et al. "Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission." The Lancet 396.10248 (2020): 413-446.