Untreated Hearing Loss
On average, people wait 7 years before addressing their hearing loss. Unfortunately some people wait longer and there are consequences to that. For a person that is still employed in the work force it can affect communication with their customers or colleagues, especially if the person is trying to hide their hearing loss. Some colleagues might think that the person suffering from hearing loss is not listening which will negatively affect their perception of their colleague. The employee may even become known as lazy or uninterested in their work resulting in them missing out on rewards or promotion.
For a retired person leaving a hearing loss untreated will affect their quality of life and also affect their ability to process information. The brain starts to get lazy and recent studies show that if a person is at risk for Alzheimer's or Dementia; symptoms may appear sooner.
Why Do Some People Deny they have Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is a very gradual process so it’s common for people not to recognize hearing loss immediately.
In 1969, Elizabeth Ross Kubler wrote a book titled ‘On Death and Dying the 5 Stages of Grieving’. The hypothesis relates to what a person experiences when faced with impending death or other extreme fates. Over the years it has become known that these responses can be linked to any type of personal loss including hearing loss.
- Denial (my hearing is fine)
- Anger (it’s everybody else's fault, everyone mumbles)
- Bargaining (I’ll go if it gets worse)
- Depression (I’m 96 years old, why bother?)
- Acceptance - Now we can do something!