CHESTER residents bothered by noisy neighbours are being offered a helping hand in solving the problem as part of the Noise Action Week this week.
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 their hearing is declining and compensate by turning up the volume levels on their TV or radio.
Ian Waring, hearing director at Chester Specsavers, said: “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.”
To test your hearing, take the online questionnaire at www.specsavers.co.uk. For an appointment at the hearing centre in Chester call 01244 310 832