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Teams in Bromley urging people to care for their senses this Deafblind Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 26 June 2018

Deaf Blind UK estimates that combined sight and hearing loss affects nearly 394,000 people in the UK. Picture: Google

Deaf Blind UK estimates that combined sight and hearing loss affects nearly 394,000 people in the UK. Picture: Google

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A team of audiologists and opticians from Bromley are championing the importance of people caring for their senses to mark Deafblind Awareness Week (June 25 to July 1).

Charity Deaf Blind UK estimates that combined sight and hearing loss affects nearly 394,000 people in the UK.

Nearly six million people live with sight-threatening conditions and one in six people have hearing problems.

In Bromley, 1,280 people are registered as deaf and 32,295 are visually impaired.

Despite these alarming statistics, many of us are not making our hearing and vision health a priority.

Eager to change this is Kiran Kaur, store director from Orpington Specsavers, who wants residents to make that all-important step this week and seek advice about their, or close family member’s, sensory health.

She said: “A quarter of people are still not having an eye test every two years, as recommended by the College of Optometrists and the same percentage are ignoring the first signs of sight loss, despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to.

“When it comes to our hearing, research shows that, on average, people wait around 10 years to seek help for hearing loss after first noticing a problem.

“This is a huge amount of time for someone to struggle with their hearing, especially when you consider that people with hearing loss are more likely to suffer with depression and develop dementia.”

She added: “By simply stepping inside a Specsavers store, you will have access to our hearing and optical advisors who can answer any questions you may have and talk through your options.”

“Our hearing checks are free, as is the Specsavers Hearing Check App that is available to download on the App and Play store.

“It works on iOS or Android devices, and will advise whether a full check in store is recommended.

“When it comes to our hearing devices, today’s digital hearing aids work more effectively than ever before and they are much more discreet.

“Some are so small that people can’t even tell you are wearing them.”

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