#HearingFactFriday: There are drawbacks to letting hearing loss go untreated

The importance of hearing to our quality of life and the sheer volume of people who have hearing loss (it’s the third most chronic condition affecting adults) have made hearing loss a topic of regular research and scientific studies. Our #HearingFactFridays frequently cover such research.

Today’s fact compiles the findings of several different studies conducted over the years. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine — writing about a study comparing brain changes in adults with impaired hearing — noted their findings “add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.”

But simply treating hearing loss can go a long way towards minimizing these increased risks, as we’ve covered in numerous #HearingFactFridays including The benefits of wearing hearing aids, Hearing aids may improve balance, and more. 

To minimize health consequences and enjoy the benefits that come with treating hearing loss, consult with a hearing healthcare professional. You can find one in your area by clicking here. 

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By Starkey Hearing