There are many consequences from not being able to hear what is going on around you. Though the impact is largely dependant on each individual there are several areas of your life that can be improved upon by investing in hearing aids.
According to a the American Academy of Audiology, untreated hearing loss affects older people socially and emotionally.
“This study debunks the myth that untreated hearing loss in older persons is a harmless condition,” said James Firman, EdD, president and CEO of The National Council on the Aging. The survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.
It isn’t just the person with the hearing loss that is affected. Family relationships can be strained when loved ones who are unable to engage in conversation fully seem distant or uninterested.
This can contribute to misunderstandings, causing both parties to retreat from one another. As an individual begins to fear social interaction because of their hearing loss, they begin to withdraw, leaving friends and family feeling rejected and hurt.
This can escalate isolation that can lead to depression, anxiety and paranoia.
The effects aren’t just emotional and social.
According to a 12 year Johns Hopkins study, there are hidden risks of untreated or delayed treatment of hearing loss including:
- Faster brain atrophy
- Social isolation which may contribute to dementia
- Missing sounds that your brain uses to help balance as your walk, making a fall more likely
- Decrease in social skills, making re-engaging friends and family difficult
The Better Hearing Institute lists several effects of an untreated hearing loss:
- irritability, negativism and anger
- fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- social rejection and loneliness
- reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- reduced job performance and earning power
- diminished psychological and overall health
The bottom line is that you can’t afford to wait any longer to have your hearing loss treated.
Contact Hearing Health Associates today for a FREE consultation.