Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology
Serving Orange County, California, since 1993

Certified Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss

Michele Wilson, Ph.D.
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Untreated hearing loss in older adults can result in depression, anxiety and false sense that others are angry at you, causing social isolation.

 
Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation, and Dementia in Seniors

Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for older persons, according to a major study by The National Council on the Aging (NCOA).

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States, affecting more than nine million Americans over the age of 65 and 10 million Americans age 45 to 64. But about three out of five older Americans with hearing loss and six out of seven middle-aged Americans with hearing loss do not use hearing aids.

Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

The NCOA survey found that significantly more of the seniors with untreated hearing loss (those who do not wear hearing aids) reported feelings of sadness or depression that lasted two or more weeks during the previous years. Among respondents with more severe hearing loss, 30% of non-users of hearing aids reported these sad feelings, compared to 22% of hearing aid users.

Another measure of emotional distress is the perception that "other people get angry at me for no reason," which psychologists often identify as an indicator of paranoia.

Older non-users were more likely to agree with the statement "people get angry with me usually for no reason" (14% of users vs. 23% of non-users). Among those with more severe hearing loss, the difference was even greater, 14% for users vs. 36% for non-users.

Because social isolation is a serious problem for some older people, the study also examined social behavior and found that people who don't use hearing aids are considerably less likely to participate in social activities. Among respondents with more severe hearing loss, 42% of hearing aid users participate regularly in social activities compared to just 32% of non-users.


Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology
Certified Member of American-Speech-Hearing Association

4010 Barranca, Suite 220 (at Culver), Irvine, California 92604
Phone: (949) 857-6051 Fax: (949) 857-0941
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