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Have your friends, family, and co-workers been requesting that you invest in hearing aids but you’ve been stubbornly resisting? Are you feeling that right now you really don’t need a hearing aid or that you’re not missing enough to warrant getting one?

Even if you feel like you’re doing fine right now, your hearing loss might catch up with you – and if that happens, it could potentially cost you upwards of $30,000 a year. Going without part of your hearing means you may miss significant work or medical details and opportunities, and you could end up injuring yourself physically, as well.

Unemployment and lost opportunities

If you can’t hear everything you need to, it will eventually effect your performance at work. Your inability to hear coworkers may be causing a deterioration in relationships and you could lose opportunities for upcoming projects because you failed to follow instructions on past projects. You could wind up being overlooked by people at all levels if you become socially secluded at work. You may not be able to reach your max earning potential as these “small” things multiply over time. People who are treating their hearing loss earn, on average, $20,000 more than individuals with neglected hearing loss as reported by research carried out by the Better Hearing Institute.

Research also indicates that individuals with neglected hearing loss have a higher danger of being unemployed. An untreated severe hearing loss translates into a 15 percent greater risk of being unemployed. So, as time passes, letting your hearing loss go unattended may wind up costing you lot’s of money.

Added medical bills due to falls

You’ll have a higher chance of having a fall if you have neglected hearing loss which can deal you another financial setback. One study revealed that even those with slight neglected hearing loss raise their risk of falling by 300 percent. And, for every 10 dB increase in hearing impairment, there is a 1.4-fold increase in falls. The vestibular system handles balance and researchers think there may be a connection between the amount of hearing loss and how it affects that system. Or, it may also be possible that somebody with untreated hearing loss just gets disoriented in their environment because they are overcompensating with their other senses. And when you fall it frequently leads to a costly trip to the doctor.

Increased general health problems

But there’s more to it than just that. You might be missing some of the advice from your doctor if you have untreated hearing loss. If you miss information from your doctor, you might wind up having worse outcomes in health matters, thus leading to more costs and more issues. All of these occurrences add up to a significant financial gap. Over time, substantially higher medical expenses will result from neglected hearing loss according to numerous studies. One study said the average increase was more than $20,000 over a ten year period and that these individuals were 40% more likely to end up in the emergency room. The University of South Carolina released a study that indicated a 33% increase in healthcare expenses for people with neglected hearing loss over an 18 month period.

Moderate to severe neglected hearing loss can result in a substantially higher danger of death according to a study circulated by Johns Hopkins University.

So, if you’re interested in protecting yourself both financially and physically, it’s time to have your hearing checked. You might need hearing aids depending on the results of that test. You will probably get a pleasant surprise if you do. Hearing aids today are state-of-the-art, really comfortable to use, and sound clear. Make your overall life better by taking advantage of this amazing technology.

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References

https://publichealth.jhu.edu/2018/patients-with-untreated-hearing-loss-incur-higher-health-care-costs-over-time
https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/articles/year-2022/july-hearing-loss-and-falls

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