Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’t want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can “get by” without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many wait years, even decades, to address the effects of hearing loss before getting treatment.
Consequences of Hearing Loss
Time and again, research demonstrates the considerable effects of hearing loss on development as well as negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal life, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:
- 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
- Early onset dementia
Hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. It can strike at any time and any age, even childhood. For the young, even a mild or moderate case of hearing loss could bring difficulty learning, developing speech and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life.
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Visit us and one of our Hearing Care Specialists can help you take the first step toward a world of better hearing.
For a FREE complete hearing evaluation, visit your nearest Hear Michigan Location.
Need More Facts?
If you would like to learn more about the effects of untreated hearing loss or need help talking to someone about their untreated hearing loss, please visit:
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
The Better Hearing Institute: