We all know that hearing loss affects, well, your hearing. But did you know there are a number of additional concerns connected to untreated hearing loss?
Dementia and Other Cognitive Disorders
A recent study conducted out of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adults with moderate hearing loss are three times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing. The risk increases to five times more likely for those with severe hearing loss.
Increased Risk of Falls
People with even a mild hearing loss are nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. This is likely a result of the reduced balance, increased cognitive load, and reduced environmental/spacial awareness that come with untreated hearing loss.
Research has found a significant association between hearing impairment and moderate to severe depression. This is likely because people with untreated hearing loss find it more difficult to communicate with other people, which leads to stress, fatigue, and social isolation.