Conditions that Can Result from Untreated 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.
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.
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.