Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is common

When your ability to hear declines, your brain receives less stimulation than it typically would because it's not working to identify different sounds and nuances. Over time, this lack of exercise for your brain can lead to memory loss or even dementia.

Age-Related Hearing Loss

Hearing loss in adults has a number of contributing factors, including age, genetics, noise exposure, and chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and heart disease). Age-related hearing loss or presbycusis is generally a slow, progressive hearing loss that affects both ears equally. Presbycusis begins in the high frequencies and later affects the lower frequencies. One of the first signs of hearing loss is often the inability to hear and understand speech in noisy environments. Because of this slow progression, adults with hearing loss do not easily accept their hearing loss, which is considered a natural sign of aging. As an audiologist, we can identify hearing-impaired people in public before the family of a hearing-impaired person has a hearing problem, and this is actually the best time to treat hearing loss or use a hearing aid. It is this insidious nature of presbycusis that allows many adults to ignore their hearing loss for years or decades.

It is not just an ailment of old age. The average age of the onset of hearing loss is approximately 50 for men and 65 for women, although hearing loss can strike at any time and any age, even during childhood.

Consequences If Left Untreated

If you do not find a way out of your hearing loss, you will cause a lot of damage to your health and your social relationships. You will be emotionally isolated. Stay away with your child, your spouse, and the pleasure of listening. You will also have problems with your work and your relationships your income will be affected and your private of life will be of poor quality. It should be noted that if the proper hearing aid is not used while the person is hearing impaired and is a candidate for hearing aid, the auditory perception area will be severely damaged and as a result the perception of sound, such as the sound of television, is very blurred. 55 years is more obvious. Our recommendation is to do a hearing test once a year so that you can think of a solution immediately if you have a problem.

The Noble hearing center will help you take your hearing test and choose the best solution.

Voice & Vocabulary

Untreated hearing loss can affect your voice in two ways. First, it may change the way you sound, both for yourself and for others. Second, it can affect the amount of comprehension you speak, because people tend to speak louder to compensate for hearing loss. Particular sounds and letters can also become more difficult to hear and understand as frequencies are lost. As time goes on, the brain adjusts to not hearing the sounds associated with those frequencies and certain words begin to lose their crispness. This can impact the way speech is interpreted and used.

Enjoying Music, Movies and Television

everyone loves a good movie, and we’re living in the Second Golden Age of Television. But if you’re d/Deaf or hard of hearing, it can be a struggle to gain equal access to your favorite shows, the latest movies, or the most-talked-about online videos.

everyone loves a good movie, and we’re living in the Second Golden Age of Television. But if you’re d/Deaf or hard of hearing, it can be a struggle to gain equal access to your favorite shows, the latest movies, or the most-talked-about online videos.Subtitles can become a necessity as hearing loss begins to take away your ability to understand speech and sounds in movies or on television. This is especially true when the actors aren’t facing the audience, have facial hair, or wear masks, if the dialogue is spoken in romantic soft whispers, or if there are loud explosions, roaring fires and crashing cars. It is worth mentioning that in case of hearing loss of two phones, the use of two hearing aids is highly recommended because the hearing perception of the brain increases. People with hearing loss can use hearing aids. In modern hearing aids, accessories can help, and deaf people can hear the sound of TVs and cell phones directly from inside the ear, like a handsfree.

Conversations in Noise

For people with untreated hearing loss, noisy environments such as restaurants, bars or other loud group settings can make conversations really difficult.
Disruptive noises like clanging dishes, thumping music, and the din of many conversations going on at once can make listening and understanding nearly impossible. The less damage the hearing area in hearing-impaired people, the easier it will be to distinguish words, so they will have better hearing perception in crowed places.

Love, Family Relationships & Friendships

Day to day communication among couples, whether about important matters or those that seem trivial, are the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Hearing loss can cause those small but important interactions to be lost. When communication breaks down, frustration creeps in. That frustration can lead to resentment, which leads to further breakdown in communication and intimacy. The result? A sense of loneliness and isolation for both partners.

All too often spouses blame each other’s ability to listen when in fact it is truly a hearing problem that is chipping away at their ability to communicate.

Family relationships can also be affected and challenged. When children are small, if you do not recognize the sound of their cries, they are deprived of the love and quick attention of parents and can be a dangerous situation. As children get older, our hearing problems make it harder for children to interact and understand, and they may think that you do not care about them or that they are not interested in what they want to communicate. And this can be emotionally difficult for the whole family. Friendships and social relationships can also suffer. For example, if friends don’t realize you have hearing loss, they may think you are a poor listener or don’t really care about them. This communication mix-up could cause social withdrawal, avoidance of social events, and eventually social rejection and loneliness.

Work Performance & Relations

Anyone who has any degree of hearing loss deals with a number of unknown issues and faces many anxieties when it comes to finding a job or being successful on the job. This article offers in-depth explanations of the findings of a related study which can help readers put issues they face in perspective. It has long been recognized that a hearing loss can have a pervasive and profound impact on the lives of both the affected individual and his or her family. In addition to making oral communication interactions more challenging, a hearing loss can also impact upon such diverse dimensions of the human condition as mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, social skills, self-steam, family relationships, as well as work and school performance. Untreated hearing loss can put a strain on work relations and hinder your occupational performance in a variety of ways, all of which can be detrimental to overall production.

The most obvious examples are the difficulty of hearing colleagues in important meetings or customers on the phone and the difficulty in interacting with employees. But untreated hearing loss can cause other functional problems that are less obvious. This can lead to ear fatigue at work, affect your ability to concentrate and retain information, and can also affect your attitude, as stress and lack of energy can be exhausting. These issues can lead to an inability to "climb the ladder", reduced income, and in some cases job losses.

Safety

Untreated hearing loss significantly impairs your ability to respond effectively to emergencies. Not being able to hear the fire alarm or approaching from behind can be dangerous. The same can be said for different emergency signals that do not always combine auditory and visual indicators.

There are many ways untreated hearing loss can lessen your quality of life. From not being able to hear ambulance sirens when you need to give way, to missing your final boarding call at the airport, untreated hearing loss can cause you to miss out on a lot of things in life.

For children with hearing loss, even a mild or moderate case of hearing loss could cause learning difficulties, issues with speech development, and problems building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life.

Hearing loss is unique to each person, so it can be hard to diagnose when someone is experiencing it.

Health Risks

Untreated hearing loss has been documented to result in a range of negative physiological effects including increased speech comprehension difficulties, auditory deprivation, and brain atrophy.
Numerous studies have also linked untreated hearing loss to:

  • Irritability, negativism and anger

  • Headaches and tension

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Reduced Alertness

  • Impaired memory

  • Impaired ability to learn new tasks

  • Diminished psychological and overall health

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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