Today the lovely Debbie will be guest posting over on WhatLauraLoves. She’s written a fabulous article all about the dangers of not being able to hear properly. You can follow her on Twitter here. I’ve also inserted some videos of the artists so you can sing along as you read- talk about multi tasking!
The dangers of not being able to
A report by the Health & Safety at Work organisation shows that nine million people in
the UK are affected by hearing problems. This problem is on the increase, so
more people are exposed to potential danger.
Why hearing loss can pose a threat
If people do not realise that
their hearing is damaged, they run the risk of having an accident
as a result of their hearing loss. For example, if someone is in a building
when it is on fire, and they don’t hear the smoke alarm, they may become
trapped in a burning building. Many people rely on their hearing and sight when
they cross the road; this is why electric cars have had their engine noise
enhanced, in order to warn a pedestrian that they are approaching. In if doubt
at all, consult professional expertise, such as that provided by Hidden Hearing.
Hearing loss can lead to emotional
trauma, and can sometimes also result in economic hardship. The World
Health Organisation (WHO) believes that 360 million people across
the world suffer from hearing problems from a variety of causes. Only 10% of
those affected use hearing aids. This means that on a global basis, loss of
hearing can lead to difficulties at work, and socially, and can put the
sufferer in danger in a range of situations.
Why it is important to have your
hearing loss diagnosed
Some people have reported hearing
loss as a result of a cold or bug, and do not realise that it’s vital to have a
proper test in case the ear has been irreparably damaged. The Daily
Mail reported the story of Michael Berkeley, a composer who almost
lost his livelihood as a result of an infection. Berkeley was fortunate in that
his brain adapted over time, and he did regain his hearing.
Daily risks for deaf people
Many deaf people feel alienated
and scared. Their confidence is eroded as a result of their condition, and everyday
tasks become increasingly more difficult. Imagine shopping and the store being
vacated because of a security risk – the deaf person without a hearing aid
wouldn’t realise the urgency of the situation.
That’s an extreme and fairly
unlikely example, but even a simple task such as answering a ringing telephone
can become a nightmare, especially if you don’t realise that a telephone is
ringing in the first place. In many national emergencies, vital information is
transmitted via a radio or TV. If this is inaudible, then the person suffering
from hearing loss may be in danger.
Overcoming the stigma of deafness
fast moving world where communication is vital, a deaf person may well be
victimised because they have problems communicating. Deafness does vary from
person to person; some people will suffer from constant background noise,
called tinnitus. Others may be mildly hard of hearing. If you think that your
hearing may be declining, it’s vital that you are diagnosed as soon as
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