The consequences of untreated hearing loss

18 november 2016

The sooner you take action on hearing loss, the sooner you begin to regain sharpness, confidence and control. Beginning as soon as possible is also vital to put a stop to the many negative effects that can result from hearing loss, such as:

Sensory dulling

When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness suffers. This is because the reduction in aural stimulation over time can impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognize speech. The brain doesn’t get the practice that it needs.

Mental decline

Research consistently demonstrates the considerable effects that hearing loss has on social, psychological and cognitive performance. It can lead to cognitive decline and dementia.

Social withdrawal

Because conversations take so much more mental energy when you struggle to hear, an untreated hearing loss often causes people to withdraw from socializing. This can lead to isolation and depression if you leave it untreated.

 

Do you or a loved one experience these effects?

  • Feeling insecure when you are outside because you don’t know where sounds are coming from
  • Feeling depressed and alone
  • Becoming more tired and needing to rest after work or social functions
  • Having problems remembering what people have said
  • Experiencing problems picking out conversations, especially in gatherings with several other people
  • A decreased quality of life due to hearing loss
  • Hearing loss affecting not only the sufferer but also the sufferer’s family

It is important to seek help if you notice signs of hearing loss in yourself or in a loved one.

Hearing care experts stand ready to advise you

If you couldn’t see well, you would go to the optician. If you had a tooth problem, you would go to the dentist. But for many reasons such as misplaced pride or embarrassment, many people avoid going to a hearing care expert. At Audika we are ready to help you.

 

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