The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

There are many reasons why older Americans should be tested and treated for hearing loss – some less apparent while other are more serious. According to a study released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), untreated hearing loss has been linked to depression and social isolation in older adults. NCOA published the results of a survey of over 2,300 hearing impaired adults 50 years of age or older and found that compared with hearing aid users, those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety. They were also less likely to participate in social activities.

The hearing impaired respondents who wore hearing aids reported significant benefits, such as improved relationships at home, improved self-confidence, improved sense of safety and a sense of independence in their social life. Almost all of the family members and friends, who were asked a parallel set of questions, reported the same improvements, only more so.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed with hearing impairments stated they did not use hearing aids because, “My hearing is not bad enough” or “I can get along without one.” Only half of this group cited cost as an impediment and many simply do not wear the hearing aids they have purchased. If you have questions about your hearing, please contact an audiologist for help.

If you or a loved one experience hearing loss, please seek medical advice. 360 Balance & Hearing is a multi-award winning comprehensive hearing and balance center that has been providing expert care since 2002 and would be honored to be your provider of choice. Call (512) 345-4664.

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