If you're experiencing hearing problems, you're not alone
Hearing loss impacts all aspects of your life
Hearing plays a major role in your quality of life, from emotional well-being and physical health to careers and leisure activities.
Yet millions of people let hearing loss go untreated, despite research showing links between untreated hearing loss and increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, hospitalizations and even dementia.
The facts on hearing loss causes and treatment
There are many causes of hearing loss. Some are unexpected and rare, but the most frequent causes are:
- Exposure to loud noise
- Natural aging
- Head injury
- Ototoxic medications
The good news is that 90–95% of people with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
"My husband can finally hear me when I’m talking to him from a different room. It puts a smile on my face!"
Deloris M. (Kentucky)
Hearing loss impacts emotional well-being
With healthy hearing, you can easily take in sounds like laughter, music, nature or conversations with family and friends. Hearing these sounds helps make moments more memorable and life more enjoyable.
When hearing is impaired, those important sounds slowly fade—leading to changes that impact emotional health.
- Hearing loss might cause embarrassment
- Missing favorite sounds might lead to sadness
- Missing critical information could create anxiety
- Not hearing conversations clearly might lead to feeling left out
- And feeling left out can lead to social isolation or depression
Hearing loss impacts both physical and mental health
A growing body of research links hearing loss to dementia and cognitive decline. When you hear your best, it’s easy to stay engaged, alert and active.
When hearing is impaired, your sense of space shrinks, warning cues get missed, and you withdraw from social activities or situations. This leaves your physical and mental health vulnerable.
- Adults with hearing loss are up to 5 times more likely to develop dementia1
- Hearing loss is linked to a three-fold risk of falling1
- Accidental injuries are up to 50 percent more likely for people with hearing loss2
1 Johns Hopkins Medicine
2 JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Treating hearing loss makes life better
Taking that important step and getting treatment for hearing loss with hearing aids is known to provide valuable benefits and improve quality of life. It’s an easy step to take and often leaves the first-time hearing aid wearer asking, ”why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve3:
- Communication in relationships
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- Ease in communication
- Earning power
- Sense of control over your life
- Social participation
- Emotional stability
3 Better Hearing Institute