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The Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss

The consequences of untreated hearing loss can be significant and far-reaching, especially if left untreated for years. Beyond the immediate challenges faced by individuals with hearing loss such as communicative difficulty with family and friends, the societal and economic costs of leaving hearing loss unaddressed are often overlooked.

Consequences

Reduced Quality of Life: Untreated hearing loss can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life. The inability to fully engage in conversations, enjoy music, or partake in social activities can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. As communication connects us to each other, the erosion of these connections due to hearing loss can have a significant impact on mental and emotional well-being.

Cognitive Decline: Recent research is suggesting a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline, including an increased risk of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The cognitive load placed on the brain when struggling to hear and understand conversations may contribute to accelerated cognitive deterioration over time.

Impaired Professional and Educational Outcomes: Individuals with untreated hearing loss may face hurdles in academic and professional settings. In educational environments, students may struggle to keep up in class, leading to academic underachievement. In the workplace, untreated hearing loss can hinder communication with colleagues, impede career advancement, and decrease productivity.

Economic Burden: The economic implications of untreated hearing loss extend beyond the individual to society as a whole. Studies have shown that the costs associated with decreased productivity, higher healthcare utilization, and increased rates of unemployment among those with untreated hearing loss contribute to  economic burden on communities and healthcare systems.

Increased Healthcare Costs: Individuals with untreated hearing loss often experience a higher incidence of other health issues, such as falls and accidents. These secondary health problems can result in increased healthcare costs, as emergency room visits and hospitalizations become more frequent.

Social Isolation and Relationship Strain: Hearing loss can strain relationships and contribute to social isolation. The frustration and miscommunication that arise from untreated hearing loss can lead to strained relationships with partners, family, and friends, furthering the emotional toll.

Conclusion:

Like many other largely-preventative chronic health conditions, the cost of untreated hearing loss extends beyond the individual. At Clayton Park Audiology we are passionate about raising awareness on the importance of hearing health and hearing loss prevention. We strongly encourage and recommend routine hearing assessments at all ages and early treatment of hearing loss in hopes to mitigate the above costs associated with untreated hearing loss.

If you or a loved one is showing signs of hearing loss schedule an appointment today for a hearing assessment or a consultation on treatment options.

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Blog Author

Lyndsay Bozec

REGISTERED AUDIOLOGIST, NSCASLP

Lyndsay is a passionate advocate for hearing health awareness and hearing preservation. Over the years she has delivered various hearing health presentations and hearing aid workshops for caregiver workshops across HRM.

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