Untreated hearing loss has been shown to have an impact on:
• Emotional and social well-being
• Interpersonal relationships
• Health and Safety
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) conducted a large scaled study in 1999 on the effects of untreated hearing loss on adults aged 50 years and older and their families. They found that individuals with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, anger and frustration, emotional instability and paranoia as well as reporting that they were less likely to participate in organized social activities than those who wore hearing aids.
Aside from impacting a person’s quality of life, recent research conducted by the Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging suggests that there is link between cognitive functioning and untreated hearing loss. Although the relationship between the two is unknown, these investigators findings suggest that hearing loss is somehow related to an increased risk of developing dementia.
A person’s safety is another growing concern for those who with an untreated hearing loss. They may fail to hear emergency vehicles, honking horns, approaching cars or vocal warnings such as “watch your step”. They may not hear an oven timer, someone knocking at the door, a fire alarm, or even a family member that needs immediate assistance. Also, due to their inability to hear speech clearly, errors may be made in following directions provided by their family physician.
So what can be done to help those with a hearing loss? Hearing instruments have been shown to improve quality of life. They have led to reduction of depression, enhanced social activity and have improved interpersonal relationships.
If you have any questions regarding hearing loss and what we can do to help you or a family member, or would like to book an appointment for a complimentary hearing test, please feel free to contact us at Hearing Excellence Inc.