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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - FOOD MATTERS -

DON’T IG­NORE IT

Un­treated hear­ing loss has far-reach­ing risk fac­tors, in­clud­ing di­min­ished cog­ni­tive func­tion, higher in­ci­dents of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion and so­cial iso­la­tion. How­ever, the stig­ma­ti­sa­tion of hear­ing loss can cause peo­ple to ig­nore the first signs of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, and over­look the many ram­i­fi­ca­tions. This is borne out by stud­ies which re­veal that peo­ple wait 10 years, on av­er­age, be­fore they seek help for hear­ing loss.

If you’re self-con­scious about wear­ing a hear­ing aid, re­mem­ber that there are plenty of dis­creet mod­els on the mar­ket, and the tech­nol­ogy is be­com­ing more sophisticated each year. Don’t al­low the con­di­tion to de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther: if you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the first signs of hear­ing loss, be proac­tive and talk to a qual­i­fied au­di­ol­o­gist to­day.

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