When someone first points out that you may have a problem with your hearing, it can be unwanted news that's hard to process. You may still be able to hear fine most of the time, and if your neighbours haven't complained about your loud television, that's good, right?
It could be that you're still young – don't only old people get hearing loss?
Well, all these examples are an indication you may have hearing loss. Having to constantly ask people to repeat themselves and turning up the volume on your media devices – they're all signs that your hearing isn't what it used to be, no matter your age. That's because your hearing can be damaged by more than simply ageing – it doesn't just affect older people!
What happens when you ignore hearing loss?
Because you can still hear most things, you probably don't feel as though you're in a rush to get your hearing checked out. Most types of hearing loss happen gradually, so you won't notice these changes at first. However, your hearing could be worse than you think.
If your hearing loss is untreated, it can worsen.
Hearing loss occurs when the delicate sensory hairs inside our inner ear are damaged. This process is irreversible, hence the importance of getting checked by a professional to prevent your hearing from worsening.
That's the biggest long-term risk of untreated hearing loss. Meanwhile, short-term effects may be mood swings, mental fatigue and feelings of depression and social isolation.
This is because it can be frustrating both for you and everyone around you when you're asking others to repeat themselves. You may also feel left out when others are having a conversation, because your brain will be working harder than normal to place meaning on fragmented speech. This can tire your brain out, and so, you'll retreat from socialising.
What can you do to help your hearing?
The only way to get an accurate view of your hearing health is to see an audiologist. Make an appointment for a hearing test – simply click here to make a booking.
The test requires no obligations at all. It's up to you if you want to proceed with the hearing solutions that your audiologist suggests. At the very least, you will have a clear idea of your degree of hearing loss and know exactly what you need to prevent it from worsening.
Got any questions? You can give our team on 1800 340 631.