Untreated hearing loss not only reduces hearing capacity but also has widespread effects on daily life. It often strains relationships, communication, social connections, and overall health. Treating hearing loss drastically enhances health and wellness which are foundational to enjoying and engaging in your daily life!
Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss has a range of effects that can take a toll on daily living and overall health. Hearing impairment that remains untreated is associated with several health issues. Extensive research shows that untreated hearing loss increases the risk of developing other medical conditions. This includes the following:
Cognitive Decline: untreated hearing loss also impacts the brain. The brain plays a critical role in processing and assigning meaning to the sound we hear. Untreated hearing loss makes the areas of the brain that participate in processing sound less active – as they are working less, or not performing their function(s) optimally. This reduces the capacity of those neural networks as well as can cause other parts of the brain to try and compensate, leading to cognitive overload. These are a few ways that untreated hearing loss affects the brain which can lead to cognitive decline. This correlation is highlighted by various studies including a 2019 study that explored how untreated hearing loss impacts the brain. After collecting and examining data on cognitive capacity and hearing loss for over 10,000 participants, researchers found that cognitive decline was 54% higher among people with severe hearing loss.
Depression: A common impact of untreated hearing loss is social withdrawal. Hearing loss produces numerous symptoms that strain communication. Symptoms make it difficult to engage in and navigate conversations. People often experience miscommunication, unpleasant interactions, and fatigue from overextending themselves in trying to hear. This can lead to people avoiding conversations altogether which means spending less time with others, not attending social events, and participating less in activities/hobbies. Social withdrawal produces isolation, loneliness, and stress which can significantly contribute to depression. A 2015 study that examined this link found that participants with hearing loss were more than twice as likely to experience moderate to severe depression.
Accidental Injuries: Untreated hearing loss can easily worsen hearing impairment, further reducing a person’s capacity to hear and process sound. Difficulty hearing reduces spatial awareness and people can miss warning signs or have less awareness of everything happening in their environment. This makes experiencing falls and accidental injuries more likely. A study published in 2012 found that people with mild hearing loss were 3 times more likely to have a history of falling.
Untreated hearing loss can worsen hearing impairment as well as increase various health risks. This impacts relationships, social life, and wellness chipping away at the quality of life. Treating hearing loss not only maximizes hearing but also offers countless life-changing benefits.
Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
Treating hearing loss can transform your daily life including relationships, social connections, health, and happiness. A few major benefits include:
Strengthens Communication. The most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids. These are medical devices that are designed to provide significant support with detecting and processing sound. This maximizes hearing capacity, allowing people to better hear speech and sound. Hearing aids alleviate hearing loss symptoms which means people can engage in conversation more easily. People are better able to hear, readily respond, and communicate their thoughts.
Improves Relationships. Communication is necessary for sustaining healthy relationships. People often report experiencing frustration or feeling ignored, and unheard by their loved ones with hearing loss. Hearing aids make effective communication more possible which improves relationships. People can be more present and engage more fully in conversation, strengthening communication. This nurtures closeness and intimacy which fosters greater connections.
Enhances Overall Health. Treating hearing loss reduces the risk of developing common health conditions related to impaired hearing. This includes cognitive decline, depression, and accidental injuries. Extensive research shows that hearing aids strengthen brain health by enhancing cognitive functions. Treating hearing loss also enriches social life and improves relationships which is integral to mental health and happiness.
Treating hearing loss transforms communication, relationships, and health. Being able to participate in daily life with greater ease enhances the quality of life.
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