On average, someone with hearing loss will wait about 7 years before seeking treatment. Many people will brush it off, claiming that someone is mumbling, or that something else in the environment is interfering with their ability to hear. Even after have a comprehensive hearing evaluation done by a Doctor of Audiology, some patients are still under the impression that they don’t need hearing aids. But, do you know what the effects of untreated hearing loss are?
For one, personal safety may be at risk if you are missing environmental sounds that would alert you of danger – for instance, other cars on the road honking or brakes squealing. When you are focusing on one thing, it is easy to miss the sound of something else when you are not expecting it – especially if it’s also hard for you to hear it.
Another effect of untreated hearing loss can be social isolation, which may lead to depression. Social situations can become stressful or embarrassing when you have trouble understanding the conversations that are happening. If you begin to withdraw from social situations and normal daily activities, it is more likely to have a negative effect on your mental health.
Sound can help to keep your brain stimulated. Just like with muscles, “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. Not only will this make the transition to hearing aids more difficult, but over time this lack of stimulation can lead to memory loss and even dementia.
At Gardner Audiology, with locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, our Doctors of Audiology can help you on your journey to better hearing. If you would like more information on hearing aids, or would like to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation, please contact Gardner Audiology at 1-800-277-1182 or visit gardneraudiology.com.