The average adult “puts up” with worrying or annoying health symptoms for more than five months before seeking help, a new poll has found.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that many people struggle through health issues such as headaches, poor eyesight, hearing problems and digestive issues for months or even years before they see a doctor.
More than one in 20 admitted to waiting at least a year before booking an appointment with their GP.
Three quarters of Britons are currently putting up with a health concern, with back pain being the most common issue.
The study was commissioned by Hidden Hearing in a bid to raise awareness of the connections between hearing loss and serious conditions such as dementia, depression, heart health and diabetes.
Findings show that 57% of Britons are unaware of such connections, with two in five admitting to never having had a hearing test, despite struggling with their hearing.
Almost half of those surveyed have procrastinated booking an appointment because they were concerned about wasting a health professional’s time, while 42% admitted they were trying to pretend that their problems weren’t serious.
Four in 10 said that by not getting their symptoms checked out in the early stages, their condition worsened before they finally sought treatment.
GP and broadcaster Dr Hilary Jones said: “It’s worrying to not only see how long people are leaving things before they seek help from a professional, but also that conditions such as hearing loss are on this list.
“This symptom now has strong links to other serious health conditions such as dementia, depression, heart health and diabetes.
“It’s important to get anything which is causing you concern checked out at the earliest opportunity.”
The top 10 health issues people are currently putting up with:
- Back pain
- Poor eyesight
- Lack of energy
- Muscle aches
- Stomach pain
- Digestion issues
- Hearing problems