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My direct contact has been a Ms Anu Jalaf who has conducted herself in a very professional and pleasant manner, I especially like the fact that she has been very in tune with our specific requirements for our practise and has managed to find like minded professional optometrist who we would use again.
I would definitely recommend PPRUK and especially Anu to any organisation looking for a locum as she is passionate about her job and does it with great pride."
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RATIONING OF NHS HEARING AIDS MAY FUEL DEMENTIA EPEDIMIC
Rationing of NHS hearing aids may fuel dementia epidemic
Researchers say deafness forces the brain to work twice as hard to make up for the lack of sound
Health service rationing of hearing aids could be fueling the dementia epidemic, health experts have suggested, after studies showed that poor hearing is linked to faster rates of mental decline.
Around 10 million people in Britain suffer some hearing loss but NHS trusts are increasingly limiting those who are given electronic aids.
However Dr Frank Lin, assistant professor of Johns Hopkins University told a conference in Washington that when people struggle to hear it damages memory and brain function.
Deafness forces the brain to work twice as hard to make up for the lack of sound, putting excess strain on the mind and speeding up mental decline.
Animal studies have also suggested that deafness changes the structure of the brain causing grey matter to shrink in areas related to language and memory.
The third theory is that deafness causes social isolation, which is known to increase the chance of developing dementia.
Dr Lin believes that a third of the risk of dementia is down to hearing loss and has begun a new trial to see if it could be combated though treatment.
“Hearing loss is incredibly common as we age, and as a result I think many clinicians typically perceive hearing loss as being an inevitable, and hence inconsequential, part of aging,” he said.
“More importantly, the research linking hearing loss with an increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia, has just begun to emerge in the last five years.
“I think the problem of hearing loss being an afterthought could be rectified to some degree with increased awareness, understanding, and the availability of more accessible options for obtaining hearing care.”
About 2 million mainly older people have hearing aids, 84 per cent of whom got them from the NHS. Hearing tests cost the NHS £49; a test and fitting of one aid is £294; and fitting two aids is £388.
The one in seven people who end up getting hearing aids from a private provider pay on average £3,000 for a pair.
Observational studies show that using a hearing aid is linked to a lower risk of dementia - but there have not been any actual tests to see if they can reduce cognitive decline or ward off the condition.
In a previous study, published in 2014, Lin showed that the cognitive abilities of people with hearing loss declined 30 to 40 percent faster than in people with normal hearing.
A 2011 study of some 600 older adults found that those with hearing loss at the beginning of the study were more likely to develop dementia than adults with normal hearing.
In fact, the more severe the hearing loss, the more likely they were to develop dementia; volunteers with mild, moderate and severe loss were two, three and five times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing.
Dr Lin is currently working on a five-year study to follow 800 older adults and measure cognitive decline; some will get state-of-the-art hearing treatment while others will simply get "wellness advice."
"If we treat hearing loss, how much difference will it make? I can tell you in a few years when we complete this trial," Lin said.
‘Hearing loss is really common, and theoretically the treatments we have are no risk. That makes it very exciting as a public health target."
British charities said the research showed it was more important than ever for trusts to stop rationing hearing aids.
Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of charity Action on Hearing Loss, says: ‘This new research from the US shows that the NHS must act now to stop cuts to hearing aids which have been freely available to people who need them since 1948.
“Rationing of hearing aids will not only leave vulnerable people with a hearing loss, which can lead to social isolation, but as this study suggests may also increase the risk of developing dementia.
“Hearing aids offer a lifeline to many, especially older people with hearing loss who would otherwise be sat at home alone unable to communicate with the outside world.
"They are a highly cost-effective intervention and are accepted to be the only viable treatment for people with adult-onset hearing loss.”