Hidden Hearing - Giving Back to Locals This Christmas
Already this year, Hidden Hearing’s audiologists have carried out over 105,000 hearing tests, free of charge, and as part of the Campaign for Better Hearing, has awarded hearing devices to individuals nominated for the Give Back initiative. Over 34 lucky recipients have already received new hearing aids, with a total value of more than £180,000 over the course of 2018.
“This has been one of our most rewarding initiatives,” says Claire Foster, marketing director of Hidden Hearing. “Listening to the customers when they have been fitted with their new devices is really heart-warming. To hear how Jeff was able to hear his new born baby for the first time and to learn that Mr Lishman had been able to join his local ukulele band again, has been really motivating for our hearing centres up and down the country.”
She adds, “We believe people are at the heart of our business, not just customers but our staff too and we’re proud to have received the Employer of The Year at Investors in People Awards November 2018."
Dr Hilary Jones, TV doctor and health broadcaster supports the campaign and knows how important hearing is, especially at times like Christmas when the family gets together. “Not being able to hear properly can be extremely isolating,” he says. “Making sure you are able to take part fully in family situations can literally be as simple as going to get your hearing tested – hearing is intrinsically linked to so many areas of life, and our health. Latest research shows that by ignoring a potential hearing problem, we not only risk missing out on life’s important moments, we also increase the risk of dementia, diabetes and depression. It’s important to take early action and a regular hearing check is key to ensure good hearing health.”
“Protecting hearing can only be a good thing”, says Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK. “The link between hearing loss and dementia is a new area of focus as we search for ways of protecting the memories that make up our Magic Moments. Just as dementia research aims to help people stay connected to their world, so can looking after your hearing.”
Hidden Hearing will donate £3 to Alzheimer's Research UK for every hearing test given during the month of December.
For more information on hearing loss or to book a free hearing test near you, visit www.hiddenhearing.co.uk
2018 Winners: some of the people who have been awarded free hearing devices as part of Hidden Hearing’s Campaign for Better Hearing Give Back Campaign. To see more winners, visit www.campaignforbetterhearing.co.ukDarren Young, 38, from Preston
David Markee, 75, from CroydonEllen Mckay, 64, from
KinrossGillian Evans, 57, from Shrewsbury James Lishman. 87, from Pickering Jeff Alcock, 46, from East Sussex
Hidden Hearing is a high-street hearing specialist with over 50 years’ experience in hearing healthcare. Hidden Hearing is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care across their national network of 263 UK centres, providing free hearing tests, advice and information on the latest hearing technology.
More than 300,000 people in the UK are helped each year by Hidden Hearing. To find your nearest hearing centre or to book a free hearing screen call 0800 037 2060 or visit www.hiddenhearing.co.uk
Treating hearing loss early is important for several reasons:Problems with hearing may lead to social isolation or depression, both of which have also been linked to a higher dementia risk. Some researchers have suggested that the mental effort needed to cope with hearing loss may leave less ‘cognitive reserve’, which is thought to help people withstand damage to the brain caused by diseases like Alzheimer's for longer. Staying socially active and engaged may help lower the risk of dementia. Difficulties with hearing could be a barrier to this, so it’s important for hearing loss to be treated to help people stay socially connected.
For people who have dementia, hearing loss may compound any confusion and communication difficulties they may be experiencing as a result of their dementia