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Have your family, friends, 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 losing enough to warrant getting one?

If your hearing keeps getting worse, it could cost you up to $30,000 each year, even if you assume that it’s fine for now. Going without part of your hearing means you might miss significant work or medical information and opportunities, and you could end up injuring yourself physically, as well.

Unemployment and missed opportunities

If you don’t hear everything you’re supposed to, it will ultimately effect your work performance. You could lose out on future projects because you couldn’t follow instructions on past work, or your interaction with co-workers could have deteriorated because you couldn’t hear them. You could end up being overlooked by people at all levels if you become socially secluded at work. You may not be capable of reaching your full earning potential as these little things add up over time. People who treat their hearing loss earn, on average, $20,000 more than people with neglected hearing loss as reported by research carried out by the Better Hearing Institute.

Unemployment rates are also increased for people with neglected hearing loss, according to other research. An untreated profound hearing loss translates into a 15 percent higher risk of being unemployed. So, as the years pass, letting your hearing loss go unattended may wind up costing you lot’s of money.

Falls will cost you even more in medical bills

You’ll have a higher chance of having a fall if you have untreated hearing loss which can deal you another financial blow. One study discovered that even those with mild neglected hearing loss increase their risk of falling by 300%. Additionally, for every 10 dB increase in hearing impairment, there is a 1.4-fold increase in falls. The researchers conjectured that there might be a connection between the amount of hearing loss and effects on the vestibular system, which handles balance, or that individuals with greater impairment just became more wrapped up in compensating for the loss than paying attention to specific physical hazards. And when you have a fall it frequently leads to an expensive trip to the doctor.

Increased general health problems

But there’s more to it than only that. If you are unable to hear well, you might miss information from your physician. When it comes to your health, you could have negative outcomes if you miss details and that can result in increased health costs. A major financial gap will be the result. Over time, considerably higher medical expenses will result from neglected hearing loss according to numerous studies. In one study, it was reported that these people will have a 40% higher risk of visits to the emergency room and over a ten year period, will shell out over $20,000. The University of South Carolina released a study that revealed a 33% increase in healthcare costs for individuals with neglected hearing loss over an 18 month time period.

Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins University suggested that people with neglected moderate to severe hearing loss had a substantially higher chance of death.

So it’s time for a hearing assessment if you want to protect yourself financially and physically. You might need hearing aids depending on the results of that test. You will most likely get a pleasant surprise if you do. Modern hearing aids are incredibly clear and comfortable. Take advantage of the available technology to make your life better in all aspects.

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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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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