To get a good understanding about your type and severity of hearing loss and how to properly treat it, it is important to first have an understanding of how we hear and what causes hearing loss. It is then important to discover the part of the human auditory system that is causing the problem and focus a treatment plan according to the individual’s needs.

In America, it is estimated that more than one in ten people (10% of the population) has a hearing loss that is significantly impacting his or her daily life.  Yet roughly, only 20% of these people who suffer with hearing loss actually decide to do anything about it.

Unfortunately, many of these people are simply unaware or in denial that there is a problem with their hearing. You may take a simple self hearing test if you think that may be the case with you. If you suspect you may have a hearing loss, you may also contact us for a free hearing exam without any obligation. We cannot express enough, the importance of an individual knowing his or her hearing ability or disability.

Most people are surprised at the negative implications that an untreated hearing loss may cause. Many individuals will casually laugh it off by say something like “I didn’t want to hear that anyway”, or “it wasn’t that important that I missed what was said”. I am very sad for these people and their families, as I watch their relationships deteriorate due to the lack of communication.

Some of the most common negative implications (symptoms) of an untreated hearing loss as determined by the Better Hearing Institute are as follows:

  • irritability, negativism and anger
  • fatigue, tension, stress and depression
  • avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • social rejection and loneliness
  • reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  • impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • reduced job performance and earning power
  • diminished psychological and overall health

Many people are quick to treat their symptoms instead of addressing the cause, but it should be the other way around.  If you treat the underlying cause, often times the symptoms will go away.

These symptoms often manifest themselves gradually over a period of time without an immediate awareness to the one affected.  It often takes the urging of a loved one to nudge the hard of hearing person to seek help.  It is the kind of help one seeks that could impact the rest of your life in a positive or negative manner.

I will not get on my soapbox about how I feel our society is over-medicated, but I will suggest ruling out hearing loss during your course of action while seeking treatment for any of the above symptoms.

Check out our blog page for articles and other links about how hearing affects your overall health and well being.