The economic loss to Australians is hard to overlook with more than 150,000 citizens unemployed due to hearing loss issues.
Untreated hearing loss can limit a person’s ability to participate in work, education, their community, socially and in conversations with family and loved ones.
Hearing loss can create situations in the workplace where you are unable to carry out your job if you are missing conversations, the content of meetings and phone communication.
There are many social consequences to untreated hearing loss. Feeling disconnected in social situations can lead to frustration, anxiety, withdrawal and isolation.
For the over 65’s, untreated hearing loss can contribute significantly to a risk of falls and hospitalisation. This is due to diminished awareness of the environment, and cochlear disorders affecting balance. It’s important to get an annual hearing check at your GP to help avoid falls.
Hearing loss also increases your chance of developing dementia and depression. If untreated it can accelerate mental health issues and age related diseases.
Don’t wait for your hearing loss to get worse and diminish your life. Visit your GP and get a referral today!