Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Health Awareness Month

08/01/2020 | Hearing loss, Patient Resources

During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team wants to provide you with insights about the amazing treatments available today.

But, importantly, you can only access these if you seek help from one of our specialists.

Many people don’t act when their symptoms arise – with John Hopkins University showing it takes ten years for the average person to book an appointment.

As hearing loss is predicted to almost double in America over the next forty years, millions could be delaying life-changing treatments.

These are two of the main reasons that might be holding you or a loved one back from seeking support.

Do I have a hearing loss?

One of the main reasons why people fail to treat a hearing loss is that they aren’t aware that they have a serious problem.

This is because hearing loss usually occurs gradually, without you knowing.

It could be that you witnessed an explosion some years ago, which has produced long-term damage. Or that your recreational activities have led to a decline over a number of years.

Often, it’s family members that pick up on the initial signs.

These can be simple things like turning the TV up louder during group viewing sessions or missing the punchline of jokes.

Once you recognize these symptoms, it’s important to act quickly as profound hearing loss can result from long-term neglect.

A comprehensive assessment with a specialist will provide you with a precise diagnosis and advice about the best solution for your hearing.

It doesn’t affect my life

Another crucial reason why many people put off treating their hearing loss is that they don’t think it’s having an impact on their life.

They believe that hearing loss is just part of the aging process and that the technology available will make them look even older while being ineffective.

But in fact, like your eyesight, hearing is a sense that’s critical to your quality of life.

As people find listening to others harder, they’re likely to shun social engagements and spend more time on their own in isolation – resulting in social issues and depression.

In addition, untreated hearing loss can affect your brain’s cognitive function. Researchers at John Hopkins University have linked this to dementia.

Often, there is a simple solution for restoring an array of sounds to someone’s ears. And today’s advanced technology falls within an investment level fitting everyone.

Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates, and the team can help you now!

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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