UNTREATED HEARING LOSS CAN AFFECT A PERSON IN MANY SERIOUS WAYS:
• Fewer educational and job opportunities due to impaired communication
• Social withdrawal due to reduced access to services and difficulties communicating with others
• Increased risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
• Limited enjoyment of daily activities
• Ability to live independently and safely is at risk
• Emotional problems caused by a drop in self-esteem and confidence.
Because hearing loss tends to disrupt interpersonal communication and to interfere with perception of meaningful environmental sounds, some individuals experience significant levels of distress as a result of their hearing problems. Anger and frustration can occur when communication problems arise, and many individuals experience depression, discouragement, guilt, and stress related to their hearing loss.