Health Risks Associated with Hearing Loss

Health Risk when a hearing problem goes Untreated

Hearing loss is a slow and insidious process, and many people don't realize how bad their hearing has become until they get a hearing test. In fact hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health problem in older adults. 
 

  • Delayed treatment can make your hearing loss worse and once you lose it you can never get it back.

  • A new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University school of Medicine in Baltimore in conjunction with the National Institute on aging, found that people that experience a significant hearing loss as they age are five times more likely to develop cognitive impairment and that even mild hearing loss doubled one's risk.

  • Hearing loss can triple your risk of dementia depending on the severity.

  • Social isolation occurs in people with a hearing loss which is also a risk factor for dementia and can lead to loss of self-esteem and depression.

  • Even a mild hearing loss can triple the risk of falling because of its effects on balance according to a study of Finnish Twins.

  • The issues surrounding basic communication can cause increased stress, frustration and anxiety within the family unit on a daily basis.

  • It can create difficulties in the area of your career.

  • Compounds the health and mobility issues of the elderly