Effects of Hearing Loss At Athens Hearing & Balance Clinic, we understand the impact that untreated hearing loss can have. We've been caring for patients of all ages in the Athens, Monroe and Lavonia areas in Georgia who are experiencing hearing-related problems since 2003.

Did you know that the average age of first-time hearing aid users is 70? Even though 65% of people with hearing loss are under age 65, and nearly half are below 55. That means that there are millions of people needlessly suffering the social, psychological, financial and health-related adverse effects of hearing loss.

Some psychological impacts of untreated hearing loss include:

  • Alienation
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Inadequacy
  • Embarrassment
  • Shame
  • Even guilt.

Other risks of untreated hearing loss

  • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia caused by the social isolation due to your hearing loss.
  • Negative impacts on your job performance due to missed information in meetings or over the phone. Studies from organizations such as the Better Hearing Institute and the National Council on Aging conclude that people with untreated hearing loss earn, on average, $8,000 less/year than those without impairment.
  • There's a direct impact on your safety, as you run the risk of missing alarms, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, sirens or other warning signals. When walking across the street or parking lot, sight and sound alert you to approaching vehicles. Research also shows that people with untreated hearing loss are more susceptible of falling, which may cause other serious injuries.

Untreated hearing loss impacts all aspects of your life. At Athens Hearing & Balance Clinic, with locations in Athens, Lavonia and Monroe, in northeast Georgia, we offer comprehensive evaluations to discover the type and severity of your hearing loss. Trust our experts to help you find your best treatment options so you can actively participate in your life and the world around you again.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.