Untreated hearing loss has multifaceted effects on daily living. A reduced ability to hear and process sound impacts communication, social engagement, job performance, and relationships amongst other things. Treating hearing loss not only alleviates symptoms but has countless benefits that support people navigating life with greater ease and wellness. Major benefits of seeking treatment include the following:
- Strengthens Communication
Communication is essential to everything we do. Untreated hearing loss produces numerous symptoms that present barriers for effective communication – tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing like noise in the ears), sounds are muffled, difficulty hearing in places with background noise, needing others to speak slowly or loudly etc. These symptoms are experienced mildly to severely and make it incredibly challenging to follow a conversation and participate easily. Treating hearing loss provides relief from these symptoms, allowing people to communicate more effectively.
The most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids which are small, electronic devices that absorb, amplify, and process sound. This provides significant support, maximizing hearing capacity across environments. Hearing aids enable people to hear with greater clarity and this makes conversations much more accessible. People are able to engage in the back and forth of conversations and participate comfortably without the disruptions of untreated hearing loss.
- Improves Relationships
Effective communication is foundational for healthy relationships. Being able to share the intimacy of conversations, communicate clearly, and hear as well as respond to others nourishes and sustains relationships. Untreated hearing loss and the strained communication it produces can take a toll on relationships. It creates unpleasant interactions that can feel draining, especially if people are not aware that they are in fact dealing with hearing loss.
Treating hearing loss also allows people to address hearing loss in their relationships. This includes disclosing diagnosis as well as sharing hearing needs with others; allowing loved ones to participate in creating accessible conversations that meet those needs. This kind of support strengthens connections and relationships which is vital to living fully.
- Boosts Confidence & Independence
Hearing aids allow people to engage in everyday activities – conversations, watching television, going to the store etc. – with more ease and control. This prevents having to ask others to speak loudly, slowly, repeat themselves or pretend to hear, struggling through interactions etc. that is often associated with untreated hearing loss. Regaining hearing provides the support needed to navigate effortlessly, alleviating self-doubt and the anxiety of having to guess what is being said. This boosts confidence and independence, key aspects of wellness and happiness.
- Enhances Social Life
Being able to hear and communicate more effectively also allows people to engage in social activities fully. Social withdrawal is a major effect of untreated hearing loss – resulting from the experience of strained communication and the stress that it produces. People often pull back from social interactions to avoid conversations because they’re difficult to navigate with untreated hearing loss. This kind of isolation that it associated with untreated hearing loss has significant effects on relationships and mental health. Treating hearing loss helps people maximize hearing which allows you to be present and engaged. This makes it more possible (and easier) to engage with others and participate in social activities.
- Health Benefits
Untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of developing other conditions including dementia and depression. The areas of the brain that are responsible for processing sound become inactive which can have multiple effects. This can lead to other areas of the brain compensating, cognitive overload, and reduced cognitive function. These effects can accelerate the development of dementia, which is a medical condition that people with hearing loss are more likely to experience (compared to people without hearing loss). Additionally, untreated hearing loss increases the risk of developing depressive symptoms resulting from the impact it has – strained communication, social withdrawal etc. – which can produce loneliness, isolation, anxiety, stress, etc. Treating hearing loss reduces the risk of developing these associated conditions. Further, it enhances cognitive function, mental health, and overall wellness.
- Work Benefits
Treating hearing loss also enhances job performance. Being able to hear and communicate clearly is necessary in the workplace. Treatment also allows people to access workplace accommodations that support hearing health.
If you are ready to experience the life-changing benefits of addressing your hearing needs, contact us today! We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we look forward to meeting you!