Importance of Early Treatment
Most people tend to delay treatment of their hearing loss until they cannot communicate even in the best of listening situations. On average, hearing aid users wait over 10 years after their initial diagnosis to be fit with their first set of hearing aids
Several studies have documented the impact of untreated hearing loss. An often cited survey was commissioned by the National Council on Aging in 1999. This nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 adults with hearing loss and their significant others showed significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other psychosocial disorders in individuals with hearing loss who were not wearing hearing aids. This survey looked at the positive benefits of amplification and showed that hearing aid use positively affected quality of life for both the hearing aid wearer and his or her significant others.
Delaying treatment can also make it harder for the brain to get use to hearing again. The brain can get overwhelmed with being exposed to all the sounds it was missing out on. Starting treatment for hearing loss when a hearing loss is first noticed will give the brain time to adjust.
Early and careful evaluation and treatment show great promise in mitigating the consequences of hearing loss on long-term health and quality of life.
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