Source: Better Hearing Institute
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.
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
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