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The Consequences of Hearing Loss

A study by the National Council on the Aging found that an estimated 19 million adults from age 45 have hearing loss but fewer than half use hearing aids. 

It’s More Common Than You Think 

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. 

But 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 lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal. 

The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss 

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 

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. 

Improve Your Quality of Life 

Dr. Erin Hattey, AuD is an expert on hearing and hearing loss. Dr. Hattey’s goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life. She works closely with Dr. Trimble to address each patient’s individual hearing needs through diagnostic testing and state of the art treatments for hearing issues. She has the most up to date information about hearing loss, the most up to date effective treatments, and advances in hearing aid technology and accessories. 

If you or a loved one suffers from hearing issues, please call for an appointment with Dr. Hattey today.