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The health risks of untreated hearing loss

If hearing loss is left untreated, it can increase the risk of other health issues. These include the following:


People with hearing loss are at least twice as likely to develop cognitive decline or dementia1. This is probably because parts of the brain used for higher-level cognitive processing deteriorate when they are deprived of sounds2. Wearing hearing aids helps the brain to continue to process sounds normally, thereby reducing problems of concentration and fatigue.
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More than 1 in 10 people with hearing loss struggle with depression – almost double the rate among the general population (6%)3. Because they have to hyper-focus other senses to make up for a lack of hearing, many report a higher level of fatigue at the end of the day, which can lead to anxiety, loneliness and depression. Wearing hearing aids is proven to reverse the negative psychological and emotional effects of hearing loss4.
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