Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has launched the Hearing Screening for Life Campaign in Parliament alongside a number of major charities, calling for Hearing Screening to be brought in for everybody at the age of 65.
Mr Lloyd said age-onset hearing loss is a major public health issue affecting more than 10 million people in the UK, adding, “Deafness is not a glamorous issue and age-onset hearing loss can be hugely detrimental to older people’s health and quality of life.
“Staging an intervention at 65 through a hearing screening programme is crucial – as most people don’t seek a remedy, if at all, until they’re 75, 10 years after they first noticed signs so can be too late to develop the techniques so vital to using a hearing aid effectively.”
He has been backed by national charities who are also supporting the campaign.
Lorraine Gailey, chief executive of Eastbourne based charity Hearing Link which is taking part in the campaign, added, “A simple and cost effective way to address the issue of age-onset hearing loss and to minimise its debilitating effects is to have hearing screening at the age of 65.”
The charities involved include Age UK, Carers UK, Dementia UK and Independent Age.