Memory decline can affect the ability to follow conversations and changes to muscles of voice and speech produces a characteristic older sounding voice.
(PRWEB UK) 21 May 2013
Researchers in New Zealand have released information from their research which shows normal healthy ageing results in a number of detrimental effects to hearing and speech - according to research published by the University of Canterbury.
The University of Canterbury research looked into how older people cope with hearing loss and speech problems associated with neurological disease.
Age related hearing loss results in difficulty understanding speech on a daily basis. Memory decline can affect the ability to follow conversations and changes to muscles of voice and speech produces a characteristic older sounding voice.
Professor McAuliffe said: “We do not have a good understanding of how the ability to understand speech is affected by ageing, or the degree to which difficulties perceiving speech are influenced by individual differences in degree of hearing loss, cognitive function, general language experience and social phenomena.”
Professor McAuliffe’s research looks at practical outcomes for healthy ageing including improvement of technology, rehabilitation of speech disorders and optimisation of communication abilities into old age.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“This research has highlighted some important points surrounding how hearing loss in older age can cause problems. Many of us are aware how age-related hearing loss can creep up on us. It is extremely important to get your hearing checked regularly by having a free no obligation hearing test at one of our hearing centres throughout the UK.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.