What Happens When Hearing Loss Goes Untreated?
Hearing loss is something that around 48 million individuals in America deal with regularly. In a recent poll by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there's an overwhelming disconnect between the value American's place on their hearing health and their low willingness to participate in treatment options, such as hearing aids.
This brings up a valid question- what happens when hearing loss goes untreated?
"These results are extremely concerning," said A. Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2021 ASHA President. "We know, and are consistently learning more, about how untreated hearing loss can not only impact a person's quality of life and mental health, but that it can also be associated with cognitive decline, dementia, preventable hospitalizations, and more. This inaction on hearing health is especially unfortunate because there are effective treatment options that can enable adults with hearing loss to live fuller and more satisfying lives."
Let's chat about that for a second. In many cases, if a loved one's mental health was negatively impacted, wouldn't we do everything we could to figure out how to help? If there was something possibly speeding up their cognitive decline, dementia, and overall quality of life, wouldn't we be concerned? If this were happening to us, wouldn't we prioritize seeking care?
Your hearing health can impact your overall health in many ways. It's essential to seek treatment from your audiologist. Many don't due to the stigma around hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. Our goal is to fix that. We want to help people hear so they can fully participate in their lives and the lives of the people they love. In some cases, this may mean feeling confident in wearing your hearing aids so you can participate in your life fully!
If you have any questions, our team is here to help. Please give us a call or email us today!