MP backs hearing checks campaign

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP is backing a charity campaign urging residents to check their hearing.

Wentworth MP John Healey celebrated Action on Hearing Loss’s 100th birthday in Parliament and lent his support to the charity’s campaign encouraging people in the UK to take their hearing check by visiting or calling 0844 800 3838.

Their new report, Hearing Matters - launched during the anniversary celebration - warns only one in three people who could benefit from hearing aids are currently using them, leaving four million people living in the UK with an unaddressed hearing loss. It takes, on average, 10 years for people to take action from when they start to notice a problem and unaddressed hearing loss can lead to depression, social isolation, or an early departure from the workforce.

John said: “I’m delighted to join the call by Action on Hearing Loss urging people in South Yorkshire who are struggling to hear their friends, family or colleagues, to act now, get their hearing checked and avoid the unnecessary negative impacts of unaddressed hearing loss in their everyday lives.”

Jackie Ballard, chief executive at Action on Hearing Loss, added: “It’s important that people in South Yorkshire take action quickly if they recognise they are having difficulty hearing so that they can get the maximum benefit from hearing aids and be less likely to finish their careers prematurely or experience unnecessary isolation, which can lead to depression.”