Impacts of Untreated Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss can have more serious impacts on your emotional, physical and social wellbeing. When auditory problems are left unchecked, it becomes difficult to manage personal and professional relationships. Some of the problems with hearing loss are age-related, while others are caused by loud noise exposure. Whether naturally occurring or through a condition, Hearing Wellness Centre provides options to manage hearing loss.
Quality of life is the first thing to get affected when hearing loss declines. A feeling of isolation is common, and is usually paired with reduced social activity. It’s not uncommon for people to withdraw into familiar situations so that they feel more comfortable. Based on age and physical activity, that may not be an option.
Job performance related to hearing loss makes work an uncomfortable place. Being hard of hearing and having kids makes conversations hard to decipher. And being involved in social activities with large gatherings becomes unfamiliar.
The impact of hearing loss on every part of a person’s life should never be underestimated. What starts out as a small and manageable problem becomes the core of everyday activities. When those activities become shaped by the level of unmanaged hearing loss, it becomes a big problem for everyone.
Mental problems are connected to the physical ailments caused by hearing loss. The anxiety is problematic for sufferers that don’t realize they have a hearing problem. As the hearing issues worsen, the mental problems continue to rise. Frustration, anger, anxiety and depression can all form when hearing loss remains untreated, which can also contribute to social isolation.
Recently, research has been conducted to study the link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. While more studies are still required, there is a strong connection between hearing loss and conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain loses some of the stimulation it receives while processing sounds. After years of this decrease in stimuli, you can actually develop cognitive decline.
It’s never too late to get tested for hearing loss. There are a variety of options available to treat all ranges of hearing loss and improve your overall quality of life. The only way to find out what’s required is by visiting an audiologist for a diagnosis. Hearing aids are often the most commonly recommended solution because they can be customized to your specific hearing loss, fitting seamlessly into your lifestyle. There is no downside to being prepared, and a diagnosis could possibly identify other life changing issues. Visit our office to learn more about how we can get you on the right track to better hearing.