Untreated hearing loss
Having a hearing loss does not generally mean that you have lost your hearing completely, and it will not prevent you from enjoying life, but you will feel you are straining your ears and using up unnecessary energy to follow conversations, especially in noise.
An untreated hearing loss may, over time, result in less speech recognition and ability to understand people because the hearing centres in your brain are not optimally stimulated. This will only be a problem if you do nothing about it.
People have been known to wait an average of 7 years ° before seeking assistance which increases the potential for hearing to decline and accelerates the impacts of untreated hearing loss to your brain and lifestyle. This may include emotional trauma due to social exclusion and inability to communicate to loved ones effectively, thus making treatment sooner, critical.
The sooner you are fitted with a hearing device, the sooner you can re-train your brain to recognise and register sounds around you.