Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss
It is very important to monitor our ears as we age! A baseline hearing test should occur by 50 years of age. Untreated Hearing Loss can lead to Social Isolation
The Impact of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is considered the second most long-standing disability in the United States. However, it is only really a concern when it starts to impact cognitive or social function. Hearing loss is associated with memory loss, depression, social isolation, diabetes, etc. Rarely, is it the hearing loss that prompts a patient to seek hearing aids. But often other factors as I listed above, prompt patients to finally address their hearing loss. Clinically, I’ve noted many times that a patient will say to me I cannot hear my cardiologist or oncologist or family doctor and this is why I am ready to address my hearing loss. There is some evidence that older adults with untreated hearing loss require more healthcare assistance than those without hearing loss or those with properly fit hearing aids.
As an Audiologist I am biased and believe everyone should address their hearing loss, but know that’s not the reality. However, I believe if you or someone you know is struggling please have them seek out a trained hearing professional to address their hearing needs, it may help in so many other areas of their lives. Remember, it’s not the quantity of the life, it’s the quality of life and untreated hearing loss may impact on the quality of one’s life in many ways. Here is an article that further reveals the importance of addressing hearing loss: Click here.
Hearing Loss Facts
The Effects of hearing loss