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 huge impact on your quality of life. It limits your ability to fully engage with the people and world around you, and can undermine your physical and emotional wellbeing. The research is clear. As we become older, physical degeneration including loss of hearing cannot easily be prevented. Furthermore, untreated hearing loss is independently linked to decline in mental health, cognitive ability and physical and social well-being.1

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.

Many people with a hearing loss delay taking action. This may be because they believe their hearing isn’t bad enough, or they feel embarrassed about wearing a visible hearing device. In fact, it is easy to get used to a poor level of hearing. Hearing aids and advanced hearing solutions such as cochlear implants are also continually getting smaller, and more stylish.

While it may seem daunting to take the first step, 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 engage with life again.

1. Lin FR. Implications of Hearing Loss for Older Adults. Audiology & Neurotology 2011;17:4-6


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

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