Untreated Hearing Loss Impacts

Several individuals are aware they’re suffering from hearing loss, but find it difficult to find help. Did you know that those who have been diagnosed with hearing loss wait seven years on average before seeking treatment? Unfortunately, allowing hearing loss to remain untreated can lead to some serious consequences that you want to avoid. Recent studies highlight the social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. These effects can vary as well, but all have serious impacts on your quality of life. 

The Emotional Effects Of Untreated Hearing Loss

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a number of emotional health conditions, including:

  • Irritability, negativism and anger
  • Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
  • Social rejection and loneliness
  • Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety 

Untreated Hearing Loss And Cognitive Decline

In addition to the impacts on your emotional wellbeing, untreated hearing loss can also affect your cognitive health. When your ability to hear declines, your brain receives less stimulation than it typically would due to it not working to identify different sounds and nuances. This lack of exercise for your brain can lead to memory loss or even dementia over time. Think of your brain in the same way you think of your body; if you exercise the different muscle groups of your body and eat nutritiously, you are experiencing a more healthy lifestyle overall. However, if you instead only focus on one specific area, the other parts of your body become weaker. This is how untreated hearing loss impacts your brain as the portion of your brain responsible for transmitting sound becomes weaker, making memory loss more likely.

Benefits Of Wearing A Hearing Aid

Treating your hearing loss is the first step toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. Other benefits of treating your hearing loss with hearing aids include:

  • Safety
  • Enjoying dinners in noisy environments
  • Enjoying parties and understand conversation
  • Communicating with family and friends

Need Help?

Hearing loss isn’t age-specific as it can affect everyone, from babies to seniors. The best way to know how to get help is to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. 

If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t hesitate reaching out to us and prepare for a better world of hearing!

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