The Risks of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a serious medical concern that can affect health and well-being.

According to Neurotologist Moises Arriaga of CNC Hearing and Balance Center, it is crucial to recognize that hearing loss is much more than a mere inconvenience or a source of amusement when someone mispronounces a word.

Studies have consistently shown that untreated hearing loss is a risk factor for developing dementia and other cognitive disorders. The auditory system’s intricate connection to cognitive function underscores the importance of addressing hearing loss proactively. And, the emotional toll of hearing impairment should not be underestimated, as it can lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and confusion, impacting mental and one’s physical health.

Untreated hearing loss poses physical risks and can increase the risk of falls as it interferes with the ability to perceive and respond to environmental threats. This aspect is particularly relevant for older adults, for whom untreated hearing loss can also exacerbate the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, social isolation, depressive symptoms, and balance disorders.

In the past, the decision to address hearing loss, often through the use of hearing aids, was viewed as a personal choice rather than a medical necessity. No more. It is widely acknowledged that hearing loss requires timely attention.

Individuals experiencing hearing loss should seek professional evaluation and stay informed about the latest advancements in treatment options. Modern hearing devices offer a range of solutions tailored to individual needs, providing improved hearing capabilities and enhancing overall quality of life.

If you or a loved one has noticed a change in hearing, the Audiologists at CNC Hearing and Balance Center can perform an evaluation and make recommendations, including the latest in hearing devices. It is also important to rule out any underlying medical causes for a reduction in hearing. Call 504-934-8320 to schedule your appointment.