How hearing loss may affect your life

Learn more about the risks of hearing loss and the risks of leaving long-term hearing loss untreated.

Hearing loss can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. Hearing loss has been linked to stress, depression, loneliness, reduced job performance, and reduced physical and mental health.1 Adults with hearing loss are less likely to take part in social activities and more likely to feel depressed or sad.2 People with a profound hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed, and those who are employed often make less money than people with normal hearing.3 Untreated hearing loss also has many negative effects on children.3 The average hearing 15-year-old reads at the 10th grade level, while the average 15-year-old with severe to profound hearing loss reads at only the 3rd grade level.3 In addition, attention skills are often much lower in children with hearing loss.3

The good news is the sooner you treat hearing loss, the sooner you can overcome its adverse impacts and regain your confidence and enjoyment of life. Countless everyday activities - from talking on the phone to social gatherings to watching television with other people - become easier and more pleasurable.

It’s Time to Take the Next Steps

Many people with a hearing loss wait to have their hearing tested and try a hearing solution. This may be because they believe their hearing isn’t bad enough, or they feel embarrassed about wearing a visible hearing device. Don’t let this be you. There are far more risks to not treating hearing loss. And as millions of people around the world have experienced, treating hearing loss transforms lives for the better. Whether it’s meeting new people, taking on a new project at work or starting a new hobby, treating hearing loss gives you the chance to reconnect to your life.

1. Hearing Loss Facts, Hear USA, http://www.hearusa.net/consumer/hearinghealth/hearinglossfacts.asp
2. Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors, http://www.audiology.org/resources/documentlibrary/Pages/UntreatedHearingLoss.aspx
3. Wyatt JR, Niparko JK, Rothman M, deLissovoy G. Cost Utility of the Multichannel Cochlear Implant in 258 Profoundly Deaf Individuals. Laryngoscope.1996;106:816–821

The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe treatment, or replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing healthcare professional to diagnose or treat a hearing or health problem.

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