ONE in five over 60s are worried about the closure of high street stores.
The study of 1,000 adults aged over 60 found eight in 10 also feel it’s vital they have access to banks, post offices and health services.
And 41% went as far as to say they fear not being able to cope with accessing online and telephone services.
Of the 34% of those polled who had moderate or severe hearing loss, a quarter admitted to not being able to manage basic tasks like taking a phone call.
A spokesperson for Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care, which recommends a free hearing check for anyone over 50, said: “Our research shows despite the changing shape of our high street, there is a need for in-person services to support the whole community.
“Communication is vital, and we want to make sure everyone has the ability to confidently express themselves – no matter their age or hearing ability.
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“You shouldn’t have to miss a moment just because you might struggle with your hearing.”
The research also revealed large restaurants (43%), pubs (42%), supermarkets (29%) and banks (nine per cent) were among the places where people struggle to hear.
While 20% found it hard to go shopping, with 30% claiming their hearing issues have had a negative impact on their social life.
It also emerged that 49% of those with hearing problems said it had developed between the age of 51-65.
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Six in 10 said their hearing loss makes them feel frustrated, while 36% were annoyed.
It also left a quarter feeling old.
More than half of those with hearing loss said the first sign of it was having to ask people to repeat themselves.
While 38% said it was others noticing the TV volume was creeping up.
But 29% had been accused of selective hearing by a loved one.
In a bid to hide their embarrassment, 40% would just nod along and pretend they can hear everything.
Although others admitted they couldn’t keep up with colleagues or missed out on family events, such as grandchildren’s nativity plays.
And four per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, could no longer enjoy listening to their favourite music.
A spokesperson for Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care, which offers free hearing checks and is marking Hearing Awareness Month in November, added: “Better hearing can improve your personal relationships, reduce stress, increase your motivation and improve your overall peace of mind.
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“Our research also revealed most people are unaware of the link between untreated hearing loss and dementia, so it’s never been more important to seek out help and support.
“The fact so many people over 60 are impacted by their hearing is something we want to help with and rectify."
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