shutterstock 740048899 smallOn World Mental Health Day, we support the view of Adam Beckman, Former President of the British Academy of Audiology, that “it’s important we think of hearing loss, not just as a condition that affects the ears, but rather the whole person. Hearing loss is essentially a communication disorder that has implications on every aspect of an individual’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.”

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process, but other factors such as; exposure to loud noise, illness, infection, stroke, diabetes and smoking can all contribute to a loss of hearing. Most people with hearing loss (65%) are actually younger than 65.

Many of people don't notice the early signs of hearing loss because they slowly adjust to the change. Some of the common signs of hearing loss include:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • People telling you that you speak loudly
  • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
  • Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words

Some people avoid social situations that were once enjoyable or even give up work due to the difficulties they face because of their hearing loss. This can lead to isolation and a greater risk of depression and cognitive decline.

More than 11% of those with hearing loss also had depression, as opposed to only 5% in the general population.*

*Source: Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

You’re not alone

Mary Hare is committed to working with the local community, in Newbury and the surrounding areas, and helping to relieve the impact of hearing loss by bringing people together to share experiences as well as sharing our expertise and knowledge at the same time.

At our new social group, everyone understands because they either have hearing loss themselves or are close to someone who does.

If you or anyone you know have been affected by hearing loss, and you are looking to meet others and share your experiences, please register your interest with Louise Gore by calling 07880 498230 or email 

A date and time for the first social meet will be confirmed shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns about hearing loss, speak to one of our resident audiologists at the Mary Hare Hearing Centre on 01635 523343.