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Ignoring a potential hearing problem can lead to it becoming worse

"by " Albert Stein

Ignoring a potential hearing problem can lead to it becoming worse.

For anyone who has been experiencing the symptoms of hearing loss, it can be difficult to take the first step to see an audiologist. This can be because a person is trying to deny the problem, or they are embarrassed by losing their hearing, or because they don't want to worry the people around them. 

However, by avoiding a trip to your local clinic and ignoring a potential hearing problem, it can usually lead to it becoming worse, warns the US National Institutes of Health*.

Even though many people could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, it appears only a small number actually do so, according to a study by the University of Manchester. The university's findings revealed that only a fifth of people with hearing problems aged 40-69 years are wearing a hearing aid*.

"There still seems to be a stigma attached to wearing a hearing aid, where as there is little stigma now associated with vision loss and wearing spectacles," said Professor of Audiology Kevin Munro*.

The university's Dr Piers Dawes also commented on the fact that despite improvements over the years in the provision and technology involved in hearing aids, a high number of people who could stand to benefit are missing out*. 

If you believe you could be one of the people who'd benefit from a hearing device, or if you'd like to check your hearing in general, click here or call 1800 340 631 to book an appointment with your local Audika clinic.

*National Institutes of Health, Hearing loss – What is hearing loss? Accessed May 28, 2015. Available here

*University of Manchester, Only one fifth of people with hearing problems wear a hearing aid. Accessed May 19, 2015. Available here.