The Impact of Hearing Loss
Many people are reluctant to seek help concerning their hearing loss, perhaps because they do not want to acknowledge the problem, or because of other personal reasons. However untreated hearing loss has considerable effects on development, as well as negative impact socially, psychologically, and cognitively.
- People with untreated hearing loss are at a higher risk for cognitive problems and dementia.
- Increased depression and anxiety.
- Social isolation and loneliness.
Impact on children
When hearing loss is not addressed properly in children, it can have serious effects on their development. Hearing is critical to speech and language development, as well as communication and learning. Therefore, early identification and intervention can significantly decrease the negative impact of hearing loss. Major effects of unaddressed childhood hearing loss include:
- Delays in the development of communication skills.
- Learning problems and reduced academic achievement.
- Social isolation and lowered self-esteem.