Tom Brake supports hearing loss campaign

June 20, 2011 12:14 PM

Tom Brake has joined a local hearing loss campaigner's call urging Carshalton and Wallington residents to take action and to get their hearing checked.

Dennis Goswell and Tom are, along with TV star Anne Diamond, backing a campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) encouraging people to take the charity's hearing check by visiting or by calling 0844 800 3838.

In their new report, Hearing Matters, which was launched during the charity's 100th birthday celebration in Parliament, Action on Hearing Loss warn that 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.

Tom said: "It was fantastic to find out about Dennis' great work raising awareness in Sutton about the importance of looking after your hearing. I would urge local residents who are struggling to hear their friends, family or colleagues to get their hearing checked now, and avoid the unnecessary negative impacts of unaddressed hearing loss in their everyday lives."

On average it takes ten years for people to take action from when they start to notice a problem. Yet unaddressed hearing loss can lead to depression, social isolation or an early departure from the workforce.

Dennis said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Action on Hearing Loss' 100th birthday in Parliament. With Tom backing the charity's important campaign, I hope that more people will be encouraged to get their hearing checked and if they need to wear a hearing aid, to use the essential support that's available to help them live life to the full."

Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive at Action on Hearing Loss, added: "It's vital that people take action quickly if they recognise that 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."

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