There are 48 million people throughout the country suffering from hearing loss. Of those people, only 20 percent who can benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually wears them. It turns out, living with untreated hearing loss can do more damage than originally thought and those who seek treatment see improvements in all aspects of their lives. Individuals who choose to treat their hearing loss with hearing aids are known to have better overall health, professional success and emotional well-being than those who don’t.
Improved Mental Health
Those that treat their hearing loss have a decrease in feelings of depression, anger and anxiety.
Improved Physical Health
Individuals with untreated hearing loss are three times more likely to suffer physical injuries, specifically falls.
Improved Cognitive Health
Individuals with untreated hearing loss are at an increased risk of cognitive decline.
Individuals that use a hearing device to treat their hearing loss may also see an improvement in their balance.
Improved Ability to Focus
Untreated hearing loss leads to difficulty concentrating, especially when communicating with others.
Improved Ability to Learn
New research suggests that untreated hearing loss can lead to problems storing new information.
Increased Earning Power
Untreated hearing loss leads to reduced job performance and less monetary compensation.
Treating hearing loss enables an individual to once again be able to navigate the world on their own.
Being able to successfully communicate with loved ones leads to healthier and longer-lasting relationships.
Increased Control Over Life Events
When overcoming a reliance on others to understand what is going on in the hearing world, an individual with hearing loss will regain their sense of control.
Increased Social Interactions
Improved communication leads to a boost in confidence and more social activities with friends and loved ones.
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