Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist, added: “On average it takes someone 10 years to get their hearing checked. Often this is because it happens gradually and they think there is no need but also because many are still frightened of wearing hearing aids. However, that shouldn’t be the case as it can happen to anyone at any age.
“If left untreated, hearing loss can become very isolating and frustrating and can lead to people not enjoying the things they love such as the sounds of birdsong or conversation with loved ones.
“Many may find themselves withdrawing from their normal lives, and it has even been linked to more serious conditions such as dementia, so it is really important to seek help and advice from your audiologist as soon as you notice any changes, if sound becomes more muffled or if you start to notice the volume on your TV starting to creep up. While hearing loss cannot be reversed there are lots of things we can do to help.”
Hearing loss – signs to spot
According to the NHS, hearing loss is sometimes sudden, but more often it happens gradually and you may not notice it at first.