Like most medical conditions, simply ignore your hearing loss and hoping it goes away or treats itself won’t work. Untreated hearing loss can have an impact on more than just your ability to hear—it can affect many areas of your health. Below are four reasons why you should stop living in denial and contact an audiologist at Total Hearing Care of Dallas today.
Your Mental Health
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increase in feelings of depression, anxiety and even dementia. According Dr. Frank Lin, lead investigator of a John Hopkins study, “If you want to address hearing loss well, do it sooner rather than later.” He goes on to recommend seeking treatment for hearing loss before brain structural changes take place.
Your Physical Health
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increase in falls and feelings of imbalance.
Experts suspect that hearing loss makes you less aware of your surroundings. This reduction in environmental awareness can increase your risk of tripping and falling.
In addition, a study by the Washington University School of Medicine found that using hearing aids to treat hearing loss led to an improvement in balance of older adults with hearing loss.
Your Income and Career
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a decrease in income and career advancement. A study by the Better Hearing Institute found that those who didn’t treat their hearing loss received $30,000 less annually than their peers. In addition, those with hearing loss were twice as likely to be unemployed as those who elected to use hearing aids.
That same study found that those who treated their hearing loss reduced their risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent.
Your Relationships and Social Interactions
Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation. Those who withdraw from their friends and family experience feelings of missing out and loneliness. This is important as many medical conditions such as depression, illness and exhaustion have been linked to social isolation.
Those who choose to treat their hearing loss are more likely to participate in social events and become involved in activities that make them happy. Once you are ready to seek treatment for your hearing loss, contact the experts at Total Hearing Care of Dallas.