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Untreated Hearing Loss

Prevalence:
Approximately 30 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss and just 23% own hearing aids. If you are over 65 then you have a 50:50 chance of having a measurable hearing loss; people aged between 45 and 64 have an incidence of hearing loss equal to approximately 15%. Why not Check Your Hearing Online now; this check is designed only as an educational tool.

Living with a Hearing Loss (without intervention):
The following list is a collection of potential outcomes if hearing loss is left untreated. This list is not exhaustive and having a hearing loss does not imply that you will experience all or any of these complications. If you suspect you have a hearing loss then the best thing is to have your hearing tested. Try our complimentary Online Hearing Test; this test is designed as an educational tool only; it is not intended as a substitute for a full hearing test. If you are concerned about your hearing consult your medical professional.

Untreated Hearing Loss can result in:

  • Reduced independence
  • Reduced enjoyment and poorer quality of life
  • Increased anger or frustration
  • Exclusion from social activities; either self imposed or imposed by others
  • Decreased self esteem
  • Increased risk of accidents and danger; missing hearing a siren, an approaching car, the phone or doorbell
  • Increased tiredness due to having to concentrate more to understand what is said
  • Increased anxiety
  • Social phobias
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Depression
  • Reduced enjoyment and poorer quality of life

 

Acting early has been shown to increase the benefits from hearing aids. A phenomenon called Auditory Deprivation means that in many people the brain becomes used to not hearing many sounds or lazy, so when these sounds return the brain has to wake up and relearn how to cope with the many sounds around us; in some people this process can take an extended period. The best results from using hearing aids come from early adoption and regular usage. Early adoption also helps maintain control over your life, maintain overall physical health and gives you the best opportunity to enjoy all that life has to offer.