The Health Risks of Untreated Hearing Loss

Jan 12, 2011 by

The Health Risks of Untreated Hearing Loss

The gradual loss of hearing for some senior citizens can be socially and emotionally traumatizing.  An alarming percentage of this generation chooses to avoid seeing a doctor and allows the condition to worsen. This effects every aspect of their lives from social activities to family functions to their daily routines, some as simple as hearing the telephone ring or keeping the television at a safe volume.   Additionally, there are also health risks involved in untreated hearing loss over a long period of time.

It is scientifically proven that untreated hearing loss is linked to depression, anxiety, paranoia, and a significant withdrawal from social activities.   If you notice that you are isolating yourself from your usual routines then you should seek the help necessary to improve your hearing. Most people wait an average of five to eight years before treating this condition.  In doing so the quality of life lessens as it becomes more difficult to maintain a social lifestyle.  People suffering from hearing loss are often frustrated and feel that they are an annoyance to those around them.

More important then the lack of social participation is the health risks of untreated hearing loss.  Auditory deprivation is a speech impediment that commonly occurs from not treating this condition.  Turning the volume up on your television or radio is not a safe alternative to wearing hearing aids.  As the decibel levels in your environment increase, your hearing ability actually decreases from the irritation of loud noises and sounds.

At HearFlorida, our hearing care professionals can guide you through your hearing loss problems and help you get back your hearing. Contact us today and speak with one of our hearing doctors located in south Florida.