The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss
Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., Executive Director,
Better Hearing Institute, Alexandria, VA
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
without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many wait years,
even decades, before getting treatment.
But time and again, research demonstrates
the considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health
effects of untreated hearing loss . . . with 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 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
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 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..
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Visit a hearing a professional and take the first step toward a world of better hearing.
To receive literature on hearing loss, its treatment and prevention call the Better Hearing Institute
hotline at 1-800-EAR-WELL or visit our website at www.betterhearing.org.
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