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7 consequences of hearing loss

Living with untreated hearing loss

Living with hearing loss may affect more than your ability to hear. It could impact you in various forms such as:

  1. Your ability to think clearly may decline
  2. You may be at increased risk of dementia
  3. Your memory can be impaired
  4. You may feel left out of conversation
  5. Your social life may be impacted
  6. You may feel anxious
  7. You may experience increased mental strain

You can learn more in detail about each consequence below.

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1. Your ability to think clearly may decline

When you have difficulty hearing what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness and processing speed may decrease. Some researchers think this could be linked to a reduction of stimulation to the brain, which may impair its ability to process sound and recognise speech.

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2. You may be at increased risk of dementia

A report published by the Lancet Commission in 2020 suggests that hearing loss is a significant modifiable risk factor against dementia. In fact, moderate hearing impairment can increase one’s dementia risk 3-fold1. Hearing loss could lead to lowered mental stimulation and isolation. It is thought, managing hearing loss may help protect against cognitive decline by keeping the brain actively engaged in everyday life.

Learn more about the link between hearing loss and dementia:

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Do you think you have hearing loss?

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Question 1 – Around the table
Do you have trouble following conversations, when there are 4 or more people present?
Have you received advice from your family or friends to get your hearing tested?
Do you ever struggle to understand what others are saying because you cannot hear properly?
Do you find yourself turning up the TV or radio even when the volume is loud enough for others?

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Your answers indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. We strongly recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



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Your answers indicate that you experience some symptoms of hearing loss. We recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

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It cannot be determined here if a hearing test is relevant for you

Your answers do not indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. However, if you experience trouble hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

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3. Hearing loss may impact your memory

Do you find it hard to remember what you’ve just heard? It can be difficult to comprehend and remember what’s being said when it’s a struggle to hear it in the first place.

This is because the extra cognitive resources required to listen may reduce the resources available for memory and comprehension.

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4. You may feel left out of conversation

As your hearing worsens, it may become more challenging to follow everyday conversations. You may need to ask people to repeat themselves frequently, or you might sit closer to people so that you can read their lips or watch their facial expressions in order to understand conversations.

You may even nod and pretend to understand what is being said. Jokes aren't as funny if you miss the punchline.

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5. Your social life may be impacted

You may find it harder to keep in touch with your circle of friends when you have difficulty hearing. It may be particularly noticeable in certain settings, such as larger gatherings or dinner parties.

As a result, you may find yourself withdrawing from certain social events or declining invitations.

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6. You may feel anxious

As your hearing ability declines, you may find it difficult to decipher and locate sounds around you. This may lead you to feel more insecure about your surroundings.  

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7. You may experience more fatigue

When it’s difficult to hear, communication can be exhausting. This is because you must dig deeper into your cognitive reserves to understand.

This can be particularly taxing at social events, in restaurants or in crowds where you may need to concentrate even harder to decipher what people say to you.

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Mona Hemsley - Chief Audiologist and Head of Clinical Governance and Training

B.Comm(Mgt), GradCertSci., M.Clin.Aud.,MAudSA(CCP)

Mona’s career has seen her work in a wide range of audiological areas, including paediatrics, diagnostics and tinnitus counselling, where she ultimately developed a passion for adult rehabilitation and helping not simply hearing care clients but developing the skills of our network of clinicians. Mona’s consistent relationship-focused ability to train and foster the talents of all client-facing team members saw her move into State Management and national training roles, before advancing to her current role as Chief Audiologist and Head of Clinical Governance and Training for the entire Audika Clinical Network across Australia and New Zealand. 

Mona’s focus is now on ensuring every client that Audika interacts with is achieving a better quality of life, through a clinically consistent, professional and high-standard of care provided by all clinical team members. This client outcomes focus is the key driver in developing and reimagining the future of modern hearing care at Audika.

 

Sources

1.  The Lancet Commissions| Volume 396, ISSUE 10248, P413-446, August 08, 2020 - Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission.

Disclaimer

2. Results provide a preliminary indication only and do not replace a full hearing test.