IN THE NEWS: June 22nd, 2017 The Age Editorial
In a recent article in The Age, Dr Moh Dadafarin talks about how untreated hearing loss can have far-reaching consequences, and how a visit to your audiologist can help.
Step one: Listen to some sound advice
… Moh Dadfarin is a Doctor of Audiology with more than 30 years’ experience as a researcher, lecturer and audiologist. As the director and principal audiologist for the Melbourne-based hearing practice Ear & Hearing Australia, he sees first-hand how hearing loss can affect a person’s quality of life.
“When people have hearing loss and they’re in noisy situation, they’re not relaxed, they lose interest and they switch off.” Says Dr Dadafarin.
As a result, hearing impaired people may avoid group activities they once enjoyed, leading to feelings of isolation and unhappiness.
“Recent studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can also affect memory loss and cognition decline in adults,” says Dr Dadafarin.
To help prevent these outcomes, he encourages people to seek professional advice before problems worsen.
“It’s important for people to get treatment early,” says Dr Dadafarin. “Those who leave it too late may find it difficult to manage or adjust to hearing aids.
“Even if they do adjust, they may not get the full benefits, because they brain can forget words if hearing loss is left untreated.”