January 8, 2019 Hearing Loss
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.
Often misunderstood as a minor inconvenience, hearing loss can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a range of other issues. There are other potential health issues to consider while monitoring your hearing health, as well as various social consequences to hearing loss, making even the most straightforward of activities incredibly tough.
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.
The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. It can strike at any time and any age, even childhood. For the young, even a mild or moderate case of hearing loss could bring difficulty learning, developing speech and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life.
People who choose to seek treatment for hearing loss will be happy to know that they have also reduced their risk of serious cognitive disease. According to recent research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, depending upon the severity, people with hearing loss may face a 36% increase in the risk of dementia and other cognitive diseases. These findings appear to reinforce the results of another recent study of 2,000 adults in which individuals with mild to moderately severe hearing loss were found to be 24% more likely than those with normal hearing to see their cognitive function diminish early.
The potential for cognitive decline increases with greater levels of hearing loss. We encourage people as young as 45 to have a baseline hearing exam every year. What we’re seeing as the science of hearing loss continues to expand is a leap in the number of people who are excited about the possibility of better hearing health. So far the evidence seems to suggest that better hearing helps keep the brain sharp, and as more people seek better-hearing solutions, we end up with a mentally sharper, healthier population as a whole.
At Tustin Hearing Center, our mission is to help educate the public about hearing loss and promote the importance of prevention and treatment. We are passionate about “hearing” and the importance of hearing health. Our Patients for Life philosophy is to provide the best hearing healthcare possible. As a member of the Tustin Hearing Center Family, you have our promise to stay committed to you and your hearing. To schedule your appointment with one of our Doctors of Audiology, call us at (714) 731-6549. We look forward to seeing you soon!