Sitting alone at a table, looking into the distance. Photo by Louis Hansel

The Risks Of Untreated Hearing Loss

Updated: Sep 03, 2019

It's more than just hearing!

More than 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. Not being able to hear at a normal level will result in poorer communication and frustration for sure, but are there consequences beyond the obvious? YES.

The Risks

  • 3 times more likely to acquire DEMENTIA
  • Untreated hearing loss has recently been linked to Alzheimer's
  • A person with even a mild untreated hearing loss is 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO FALL
  • 32% more likely to be HOSPITALIZED
  • 57% more likely to report POOR EMOTIONAL or PHYSICAL HEALTH
  • Untreated hearing loss can lead to FURTHER HEARING LOSS as the hearing center weakens from lack of usage.
  • 5 times more likely to experience STRESS in the work place
  • Significantly elevated rate of DEPRESSION and ANXIETY
  • Higher risk of being unaware of sounds that can pose risk to PERSONAL SAFETY.

*The risks mentioned above are the results of information obtained through several studies including a two decade study by Johns Hopkins University, The Better Hearing Institute and the Journal of the American Medical Association.