Are you living with untreated hearing loss? You might think that hearing loss doesn’t have a big impact on your life, and you’re willing to live with the odd fumbled conversation here and there. However, untreated hearing loss has a lot of side effects that you might not be ready to face.
Living with Untreated Hearing Loss
If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, you’re risking a lot more than you might think. Hearing loss affects your quality of life in profound ways, and if you’re struggling to hear you risk the relationships that meant the most to you. When you can’t hear clearly, you spend a lot of every conversation trying to catch what’s been said, and use so much energy straining to hear the words that you often lose the meaning behind the words. When you have hearing loss, communicating becomes difficult, and you lose the closeness you’ve spent years cultivating with family and friends.
Those with untreated hearing loss face social isolation, and higher rates of anxiety and depression. Lacking social support, you’re more likely to stay home, have fewer social interactions, and feel lonely. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to far higher rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Higher Health Care Costs
If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, not only will you experience the negative physical, emotional, and mental effects, you’ll also incur far higher health care costs. A recent study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that seniors with untreated hearing loss incurred 46% higher health care costs! Those who lived with hearing loss over a period of 10 years spent on average $22,000 more than their hearing peers, or those who treated their hearing loss with hearing aids.
Even just two years after a hearing loss diagnosis, those with untreated hearing loss have noticeably higher health care costs, so if you think you can wait a few years before facing your hearing loss, think again. To safeguard your health and reduce your health care costs, it’s important to treat your hearing loss as soon as possible.
Why the Higher Health Care Costs?
If you have hearing loss, and you choose not to seek treatment, you can look forward to 50% more hospital visits, and far higher chances of being readmitted to the hospital for the same concern. You’ll visit your doctor on average 50 times more than those who treat their hearing loss!
If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, you’re far more likely to experience trips, slips, falls, or accidents. When you have untreated hearing loss, you’re unable to identify where sounds are coming from, and are easily disoriented. Your balance will be affected, and you’ll often fail to hear important warning sounds, like a siren or a car honking behind you.
Another reason that those with untreated hearing loss incur such high health care costs has to do with the communication barrier. Do you struggle to communicate with your loved ones in the quiet of your living room? Imagine the difficulty of talking with a doctor in a crowded clinic, with a bustling waiting room and echoing hallways. You’ll have a hard time understanding your doctor, might not explain your situation clearly, and may fail to understand your treatment options. No wonder those with hearing loss are likely to revisit the doctor for the same health concern within 30 days.
Treating Hearing Loss
Not only will treating hearing loss improve your quality of life, protect your closest relationships, and reduce your risk of cognitive decline or dementia, you’ll also be doing the right thing for your wallet and you’ll save thousands of dollars.
Nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss, and many choose to live with hearing loss rather than seeking treatment. Don’t be one of them, but call us today at Active Hearing & Audiology to book a hearing test and start your journey to clear hearing. Investing in hearing aids will improve your quality of life and save you thousands of dollars. We have a wide selection of the world’s best hearing aids, and our team of hearing health specialists will help you find the perfect device, whatever your lifestyle and hearing needs.