Hearing loss affects millions of Americans every year. By the age of 65, about 1 in 3 individuals suffer from hearing loss, and that number is growing rapidly. Of those individuals, unfortunately only about 30% actually seek help/treatment. That means that about 70% of individuals live with untreated hearing loss daily.
The consequences of untreated hearing loss are vast and can be detrimental to one’s health. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss is correlated with cognitive decline, dementia, depression, and/or other health problems related to social isolation. Untreated hearing loss or ill-fitting hearing aids can also lead to a process known as auditory deprivation. We refer to this process as “Use it or Lose it”. Auditory Deprivation is a condition that occurs in individuals suffering from hearing loss where their brain loses the ability to interpret words due to a lack of stimulation over an extended period of time. In short, if you do not use your hearing because of your significant hearing loss, you can lose your long term abilities to understand speech.
These are the reasons that early intervention is so important, and we are here to help! If you feel as though you may have a hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment to have you hearing evaluated.