Studies show a link between untreated hearing loss and depression. Hearing impaired people who do not wear hearing aids are 50% more likely to suffer from sadness and depression than those who do wear their hearing aids. This was found in a study of more than 2,300 subjects.
Other studies have shown that as untreated hearing loss gets worse the risk of cognitive issues, like dementia, increases.
Researchers suggest not being able to function socially is an important factor. People who have difficulty communicating in social settings tend to avoid them and stay home. They also noted that anger, frustration and anxiety are commonly found among the unaided hearing impaired population.
People usually wait an average of 6 years from the onset of hearing loss to seek medical treatment. Those between 20 and 69 years of age are even more unlikely to seek treatment than those over 70 years of age.
Its never too early or too late to have a hearing test. To help raise awareness about the importance of hearing testing, London Audiology Consultants has launched our “2000 Ears Campaign!” More details next time!