You can bet that your body would probably respond pretty negatively to persistent lack of sleep, exercise, proper nutrition, warmth, and other necessities of life. But did you know? Missing out on sounds can affect your health, too.

Auditory deprivation, a condition characterized by the brain’s reduced ability to process sound because of reduced access to sound, can make it that much harder to understand speech if you have untreated hearing loss. What can you do? Hear from audiologist Dr. Young in this 1 1/2-minute video.