CHESTER residents bothered by noisy neighbours are being offered a helping hand in solving the problem as part of the Noise Action Week (April 26-30).
Often associated with the young, neighbourhood noise pollution is now becoming a big problem among homes occupied by the elderly, leaving their neighbours frustrated at loud volume levels and a feeling of powerlessness.
Gradual hearing loss is the main cause for the community disruption with the problem more common later in life.
The scheme headed by Specsavers in Chester, as part of the Noise Action Week, is inviting people who think they may be a noisy neighbour to visit the store for a free and quick hearing test.
Many elderly people who live together or alone often fail to notice that their hearing is declining and compensate for it by turning up the volume levels on their TV or radio.
Ian Waring, hearing director at Chester Specsavers, said: “If people can clearly hear their neighbour’s television or radio, and it is an ongoing problem, it may be a sign that they need a hearing test.
“We recommend anyone over the age of 40 comes for a hearing test at least once a year, but many tend to push the problem aside.
“Losing your hearing can be very frustrating and so it is really important to be polite, sympathetic and to reassure anyone that suspects this is happening that a simple check can outline any problems.”
This year’s Noise Action Week is also campaigning to highlight the dangers of exposing ear drums to high volumes while using headphones.
Permanent damage to hearing can occur after listening to just 15 minutes of loud music resulting in hearing loss or tinnitus.
Figures show that 4.7 million people have at one time experienced the effects of tinnitus while many live undiagnosed - with 29% not seeking attention.
Tinnitus can be characterised as a ringing noise ‘in the ears’ or ‘inside the head’. It can also take other forms including a buzzing, hissing or humming noise, which can either be permanent or stay only for a short period of time.
The hearing clinic at Specsavers Chester is offering free checks completed by a qualified hearing aid audiologist.
To test your hearing, take the online questionnaire at www.specsavers.co.uk where you can also find more information about the free hearing tests and for other signs of hearing loss.
To book an appointment at the Specsavers hearing centre in Chester please call 01244 310 832