Less Than 40% Of People Who Seek Hearing Loss GP Consultation Do Not Go Any Further

A new study has revealed the shocking figures that 39% of people who contact their GP about a hearing loss, do not go any further to pursue a solution.

In the most comprehensive and largest survey ever undertaken in this field, it showed that millions are battling with hearing loss on their own and that it is arguable that GPs prevent patients form hearing properly, as at the very least one would expect a referral for a hearing test.

Carried out by EuroTrak UK and published by The British Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association (BHAMA), the study involved nearly 15,000 UK consumers and is the first major survey of UK consumers’ knowledge and understanding of hearing aids and the issues around them.

Lawrence Werth, Chairman of BHAMA, said: “39% is a disappointing figure because it means millions are battling with isolation, withdrawal, problems at work, depression, low self-esteem and a host of other negative consequences reported by recent other studies.

The research found that 3.5m people in UK who should be wearing hearing aids are not, and that the UK has the lowest hearing test rate than the rest of Europe.

Moreover, 58% of hearing aid wearers were guided by their GP, 77% of users are satisfied with their hearing aids and 93% of hearing aid owners use their aids regularly.

Professor Adrian Davis, National Director for Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, and the leading epidemiologist of hearing impairment in the UK, said:  “The very large numbers of people who have identified that they have hearing and are not being referred for hearing tests or to see an audiologists by their GP, is an issue that deserves further investigation.”

Lawrence Werth added: “These results give an invaluable insight into how consumers currently view hearing aids, their fitting and servicing, and the benefits wearers can derive from using them.  This information will enable the hearing aid industry to develop and improve – providing more products and services tailored to meet our patients’ needs.  It will also allow us to raise awareness of hearing aids among those who could potentially benefit from them and their family and friends.”

So make sure you get referred to have a hearing test, even if your GP doesn’t recommend it, to avoid the hearing impairment getting any worse. It’s best to be safe than sorry and it could mean you have to wear a hearing device for your health and wellbeing such as a widex hearing aid or a resound hearing aid.

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