UNTREATED HEARING LOSS
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Risk Factors

  • Smoking:  Current smokers have a 70 percent higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.
  • Heart Health:  People with low-frequency hearing loss are considered at risk for cardiovascular events.
  • Hypertension:  There is a significant association between high blood pressure and untreated hearing loss.  Hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
  • Diabetes:  Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as their peers without.
  • Osteoporosis:  Osteoporosis can adversely affect the three tiny bones in the middle ear, which can lead to hearing loss.

Memory & Hearing Loss

  • Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than adults with normal hearing.
  • Adults 75 years and older with untreated hearing loss experience a 30 to 40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities compared to peers without hearing loss.

Dementia & Hearing Loss

  • Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
  • Adults with mild hearing loss are 2 times more likely to develop dementia.
  • Adults with moderate hearing loss are 3 times more likely to develop dementia.
  • Adults with severe hearing loss are 5 times more likely to develop dementia.


Mental Health & Hearing Loss

  • Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss were found to be less likely to participate in organized social activities than peers who wore hearing aids.
  • Adults 50 and older with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia than peers who wore hearing aids.


Alzheimer’s & Hearing Loss

The symptoms of untreated hearing loss and Alzheimer’s are nearly identical.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activates
  • Impaired memory
  • The inability to learn new tasks
  • Reduced alertness
  • Compromised personal safety such as falling
  • Irritability, anger, fatigue, stress and depression

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