Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Most believe that they can “get along” without using a hearing aid. And unfortunately too many wait years or even decades to address the effects of hearing loss before getting assistance.
A recent study by John Hopkins and the National Institute of Aging found a correlation between untreated hearing loss and a loss of cognitive function, nothing a higher risk of developing forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. All those people who can’t hear in restaurants or other noisy places, or who complain that people around them mumble when they speak and complain that they can’t hear on the telephone are putting themselves at risk for cognitive decline.
Untreated hearing loss can affect a person’s ability to understand speech, as well as negatively impact their social, emotional and physical well-being.
Many hearing loss sufferers self-isolate by withdrawing from their family, friends, and colleagues as their frustration grows. Incidents of serious depression are higher in those with untreated hearing loss.