The Dangers of Living With Untreated Hearing Loss

  1. Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can lead to many serious consequences if it is not treated and mitigated. Hearing loss can affect your social life, your health and also your emotional well-being. If you are experiencing hearing loss, what are the repercussions and how can you seek help?

Changes to the Brain

Hearing loss that is not monitored can change our cognitive functions. Even just partial hearing loss can change brain volume. For people dealing with total hearing loss, the parts of the brain that would be responsible for processing auditory information start to be taken over by the senses the individual still possesses.

Just like with a muscle that is not used that will atrophy, you must use the parts of the mind that are responsible for audio processing or you risk losing them. By seeking out treatment quickly, the current state of the mind can be maintained.

Cognitive Loss

Not only can the brain physically change, but hearing loss that goes untreated can also impact your thinking ability. When you no longer have aural stimulation, the mind can begin to suffer in unexpected ways. Those with hearing loss that are not treated have felt increased fatigue as well as problems with concentrating. Studies have also indicated that there is a link between dementia and those coping with hearing loss. As we grow older, the risk from both dementia and hearing loss increase so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Social Impact

Those without hearing care may find changes in friendships adversely. When you are younger you might find it harder to communicate with your peers due to loss of hearing. This instance can also impact young adults who are experiencing hearing loss. By seeking out hearing care at an early stage, you can enjoy the feeling of conversation amongst your friends.

Emotional Issues

Dealing with hearing loss can be taxing physically and emotionally. Staying in a hyper-aware frame of mind for long periods starts to tax the mind and can lead to depression and anxiety. Hearing loss can also create social isolation which just compounds emotional issues further.

Call Us Today

For further information or to schedule an appointment in regards to hearing loss, call Beltone at 888-958-8432. We have several locations near the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area with hearing specialists that can see you Monday through Friday for an appointment.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5863860/