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1. Your mental sharpness may decline
When you have difficulty hearing what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness may decline. This is because your brain isn't being stimulated as much as it could be, which could impair its ability to process sound and recognise speech.
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2. Your risk of dementia may increase
Living with even mild hearing loss can double your risk of developing dementia. The more severe the loss, the greater the risk of cognitive decline.
Moderate hearing loss, for example, triples your risk. And living with untreated severe hearing loss means you’re up to five times more likely to develop dementia.
3. Hearing loss may impact your memory
Do you find it hard to remember what you’ve just heard? It can be difficult to understand and remember what’s being said when it’s a struggle to hear it in the first place.
This is because the extra cognitive resources needed to listen reduce the resources available for memory and comprehension.
4. You may feel left out of conversation
As your hearing worsens, it becomes more challenging to follow everyday conversations. You may need to ask people to repeat themselves frequently. Or you might sit closer to people so that you can read their lips or watch their facial expressions so you can understand conversations.
You may even nod and pretend to understand what's being said. Jokes aren't as funny if you miss the punchline.
8. Your earning potential may be impacted
According to the UK charity Hearing Link, people with hearing loss are paid £2,000 a year less than the general population.
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