Limerick people urged to support campaign for national hearing care plan

Mark Byrne, CEO of National charity for deaf and hard of hearing people, Chime. Photo: Andres Poveda.

LIMERICK people have been urged to support a campaign to develop a national hearing care plan to strengthen state support for those dealing with hearing loss and ensure a regulatory framework for the hearing aid sector.

A high rate of unmanaged hearing loss is contributing to increased cases of dementia, depression, and social isolation according to Chime, the national charity for deaf and hard of hearing people.

“The lack of a Department of Health national hearing care plan places ever-increasing strain on already over-stretched services.”

“One in three of us will have to face the consequences of hearing loss at some point. It is a hidden time-bomb,” said Chime CEO Mark Byrne.