The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

With only 20% of the millions of hearing impaired individuals using amplification it is important for everyone to understand the impact that hearing loss can have, not only on you, but those who love you.  Hearing aid users report better relationships with their families, greater independence and an improved social life.  Stress levels are lowered – with improved hearing they do not have to struggle as much to enjoy life.  Families and friends also notice these improvements as well.  Hearing aid users report that they do not have to repeat things as often, their loved ones participate in conversations more, and they are inclined to go out more than they used to.

The non-hearing aid users report reduced participation in social activities, as well as more sadness, depression, irritability and anxiousness.  The stress of untreated hearing loss can also contribute to health problems such as headaches, muscle tenseness or even high blood pressure.  Most people don’t realize how stressful it is to struggle to hear.  Research has shown that people who do not correct their hearing loss have a higher incidence of other health problems than those who do.  The newest research indicates that those individuals with hearing loss who do not use amplification have a higher incidence of dementia than those who do use hearing aids.

So what can you do about your hearing loss? With current technology, a hearing aid system can be found for virtually any hearing impairment.  There are hearing aids in many price ranges, with varying degrees of technology.  You can obtain assistive devices for your cellphone, telephone or TV that will amplify the sounds you need to hear and suppress those you don’t.  There are many options out there and new devices are always in development.

Remember, hearing loss is not a “sign of old age”.  Hearing loss affects people of all ages, from children through all adulthood.  Isn’t it time YOU did something about your hearing loss? For a hearing evaluation and consultation on which hearing help devices may work best for you, contact us at 937-325-8796 and schedule a hearing evaluation with one of our audiologists, Mary Ann Brenneman, Au.D. or Janene Kerr, M.A. CCC-A.