Age-related hearing loss affects nearly half of all adults over age 75, but despite its prevalence, age-related hearing loss is often misunderstood or under-recognized by those who experience it. In fact, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) says denial is the biggest barrier to hearing aid use.
Hearing loss can create a variety of problems and challenges in your life, but fortunately, hearing aid technology can improve or correct many of these issues. The benefits of hearing aids extend far beyond simply improving the quality of your hearing, making them an important factor for achieving good overall health.
If you’re dealing with hearing loss, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience some form of hearing loss, and the causes — and treatments — vary widely.
Studies have shown that older adults with untreated hearing loss have a higher incidence of fall- and accident-related death, social isolation, and dementia than those without hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much effort is put toward processing and understanding speech. As people age, basic cognitive skills, including working memory and processing can decline, which may negatively affect the ability to process speech in a noisy environment, or the ability to process information quickly. Research has also demonstrated that hearing aid use can reduce the social, functional and emotional consequences of hearing loss.