Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition behind arthiritis and heart disease, with a shocking ~15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over reporting some trouble hearing!1 Despite this, hearing loss is left untreated by many individuals.
Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact one's life in many ways.
Despite the improvements and benfits hearing aids can bring to one's life, hearing aid users wait on average 7 - 10 years before purchasing their first pair.2
Individuals with hearing loss have more difficulty with conversations and can experience limited participation across a range of activities. It can even lead to loneliness and social isolation.3
Hearing can affect more than just your daily social life.
In regards to education, "children with any degree of hearing impairment have been shown to exhibit poor language development, leading to lower literacy rates, diminished social skills and impaired executive function capacity."4
Even when moving outside of the classroom and into the workforce, hearing impairment still can continue to negatively impact one's life. Untreated hearing loss can decrease one’s annual income by as much as $30,000.5
While research is still ongoing, more evidence is being found regarding a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline, with dementia in particular having a higher risk of develiping in patients with untreated hearing loss.6