Patsy Westcott, Tuesday 2 September 2014
Correcting hearing problems can be life-changing and have a beneficial effect on other aspects of health.
It's recommended that older people get their hearing tested every two years
Seven out of 10 people over 70 – that's four million people in the UK - suffer from age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, which can cut them off from friends and family and lead to depression.
If your parents or other loved ones are affected, an appointment with an audiologist
can help stop things from deteriorating.
It's a myth that wearing a hearing aid makes hearing worse. In fact, the opposite is the case.
The brain needs stimulation from sounds to continue to remember them, so the earlier any hearing loss is sorted out the better.
And it's a good idea to encourage an older person to get their hearing tested every two years
. This way, any problems can be picked up and treated at an early stage.