Don’t let untreated hearing loss affect your life

2019-02-20 06:00

If you suspect that your hearing is deteriorating, here is why you should have it looked at as soon as possible:

• There should be no stigma attached to hearing aids — and in many cases they are hardly noticeable, unlike years ago. If the cost of a hearing aid is something you are worried about, speak to your medical aid advisor about different types of treatments that could work for you.

• Untreated hearing loss affects your brain directly — A recent study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that brain atrophy can be directly linked to auditory difficulties.

• Untreated hearing loss can affect your social life and relationships — The more people struggle to hear conversations, the more they tend to avoid social interaction altogether.

Children who experience hearing loss at a young age can also distance themselves from their peers.

Hearing loss can also affect your relationship with family and friends as you struggle to articulate your feelings, making you feel frustrated and embarrassed.

• Untreated hearing loss can affect productivity and income — In a precarious economy and work environment, it’s important to be as productive as you can.

Hearing loss can severely affect productivity and concentration if left untreated.

— Health24.

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