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Conditions that Can Result from Untreated Hearing Loss:

Depression and hearing loss

1. Cognitive Decline/Dementia

  • Research shows that untreated hearing loss is strongly associated with cognitive decline in older Americans.
  • Early research also suggests that treatment with hearing aids can delay dementia.

2. Isolation/Depression

  • Greater hearing loss has been statistically linked with increased feelings of isolation in older Americans.
  • Research shows that severe depression is more prevalent among those with untreated hearing loss, especially for women. Yet according to industry reports, 40.1% of females with hearing loss do not own hearing aids.

3. Brain Shrinkage/Speech Recognition

  • One study found that those with untreated hearing difficulties had accelerated loss of brain tissue as compared to those with normal hearing.
  • Those with untreated hearing loss have increased difficulties in recognizing speech patterns associated with the letters S, T, and P.

4. Slips/Falls/Hospitalization

  • One study of older Americans found that for every 10 dB increase in hearing loss, there was a 140% increase in the odds that the individual had fallen in the past 12 months.
  • Untreated hearing loss has also been statistically linked with increased hospital visits.
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