‘Don’t Suffer in Silence’ campaign


Irish rugby player Rory Best is encouraging people to be extra mindful of family and friends who might be struggling with their hearing, in his role as Specsavers Audiologists’ ambassador.

*With one in six Irish adults affected by hearing loss, Rory believes it is incredibly important to look out for loved ones who may be suffering in silence.

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Irish rugby star Rory Best

As part of the ‘Don’t Suffer in Silence’ campaign, Rory encourages people to take a proactive approach to their hearing health and believes hearing checks should be put on everyone’s annual health check agenda.

Rory, whose father has hearing loss, wants to normalise the conversation around hearing in a bid to remove any stigmas.


Appearance, age or attitudes should no longer be a reason to live with poor hearing, which can be treated, especially with the high levels of expertise and technology available at Specsavers.

Rory comments: ‘It’s hard to believe that only 25%* of people would actually act on a hearing symptom.

I rely on my hearing so much from a professional aspect but encourage my family, in particular my father who has hearing loss and frequently gets checked at his local Specsavers.

People don’t realise that untreated hearing loss goes beyond hearing and has been linked to feelings of depression, frustration and anxiety.’

Hearing loss can be such a lonely condition, but it doesn’t need to be. Specsavers Audiologists encourages the Irish community to prioritise their hearing health and be extra mindful of family and friends who might be struggling and need some encouragement to seek help.

Visit Specsavers Audiologists to speak to the experts, www.specsavers.ie/hearing.

*The nationally representative survey was conducted in March 2019 by Empathy Research through an online omnibus survey.

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