Learn About the Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss

Realizing you or someone you love has hearing loss can be overwhelming. No wonder so many people try to convince themselves it’s something they can live with. But for children and adults alike, not getting treated can have a negative impact on their lives in so many ways.

Impact on children

If left untreated, children can experience difficulty in learning to talk and succeeding in school. This can make them feel isolated and lower their self-esteem, leading to behavioral problems.1

That’s why you want to address your child’s hearing loss as early as possible. It’s the best way to help your child grow up normally. They’ll be able to attend the schools in their own neighborhood, communicate with their teachers and classmates, make new friends and feel safe and confident in a world of sound.

Impact on adults

Hearing loss has been linked to loneliness, stress, depression, dementia and reduced job performance. Adults with hearing loss are less likely to take part in social activities and more likely to feel depressed or sad.2,3 And brain function can deteriorate faster.4

There’s even an economic impact. It’s been estimated that Americans who ignore their hearing problems lose at least $100 billion a year in combined earnings. People with a profound hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed. Or make less money than people with normal hearing if they are employed.5

It would be one thing if hearing loss couldn’t be treated. But it can. As one member of our Cochlear™ Community wrote, “What made me choose to go through with it? It was the voices I would never hear. The voices of my future children. There was no risk I wouldn’t take.”

References:

1. Effects of Hearing Loss on Development. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2013 July]. Available from:http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/disorders/effects.htm

2. Kochkin, S. Consequences of Hearing Loss. Better Hearing Institute [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2013 July]. Available from: http://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss/consequences_of_hearing_loss/index.cfm

3. Kochkin, S. & Rogin, C. Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Aids on Quality of Life. The Hearing Review. 2000 Jan;7(1):8-34.

4. Frank R. Lin et al. Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013;173(4):293-299. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868.

5. Kochkin, S. The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on Household Income. Better Hearing Institute [Internet]. 2005 August [Cited 2013 July]. Available from: http://www.hearing.org/uploadedFiles/Content/impact_of_untreated_hearing_loss_on_income.pdf