Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss
Letting hearing loss go untreated can have more serious consequences than just the inability to hear well. More than just hearing is impacted because hearing loss can have other effects on your health and wellbeing if left untreated. Yet, so many with hearing loss delay treatment. According to Reader’s Digest, 48 million Americans have hearing loss and 90% could benefit from hearing aids. However, only 14% have hearing aids and many who have hearing aids do not use them consistently. Furthermore, the average age for first time hearing aid users is about 70 years old; but most began to lose their hearing 10 or more years prior. This can mean many individuals who are not able to hear as well as they could be; but what else could be happening with them physically and mentally?
Concerns with Untreated Hearing Loss
As discussed above, hearing loss can affect more aspects of your health than just your ears. Here are other health concerns that are linked to untreated hearing loss:
- Impaired memory and decreased ability to learn new tasks
- Social isolation
- Personality changes (i.e. becoming more introverted)
- Less alert with an increased risk for personal safety
- Greater risk of falling
- Faster cognitive decline
- Potential for developing dementia
- Negative effect on cognition
- Reduced job performance leading to less earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health
- Relationships with spouses, family and friends can suffer
Early Treatment is the Key
The duality of this situation is that the earlier those with hearing loss seek treatment and obtain hearing aids, the better the results for adoption and usage. Advances in hearing aid technology have helped reverse the social stigmas previously associated with wearing hearing aids. Now hearing aids have become more modern pieces of technology that connect to your smartphones and other devices to improve hearing with a modern touch. They are smaller and some are even wireless so they can be worn virtually undetected. However, even though the technology is advanced, hearing aids are easy to use and control.
If you would like to find out more about treating hearing loss and finding out more about your listening options, please contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc. to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals today. We are also here to help if you need to know how to discuss untreated hearing loss with a loved one.