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The High Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss

Is there any reason why you can’t wait to do something about your hearing loss?

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) conducted a study of more than 2000 hard-of-hearing adults and about 1700 of their family members. In its report, the NCOA concluded that, “untreated hearing loss was associated with increased anger, frustration, paranoia, insecurity, instability, nervousness, tension, anxiety, irritability, discontentment, depression, and fear.”

The study also found that, “in comparison with people who have sought help for their hearing loss, those with untreated loss were more likely to be self-critical, feel a sense of inferiority, suffer from social phobias, and be perceived by others as confused, disoriented, or unable to concentrate.”

The social implications of untreated hearing loss are often profound. These include more stressful marriages and damage to other important relationships; impaired job performance; misperceptions by others who mistake the effects of hearing loss for mental deterioration, confusion, aloofness, etc.; and social isolation when hearing loss makes normal conversation difficult or impossible.

Waiting to treat any health problem is never a good idea.

Hearing Aid FAQ

Can hearing aids be programmed?

Hearing aids are programmable. They can “remember” different settings for each listening environment in your life and you can switch to the appropriate one depending on sound input received from your surroundings. Some hearing aids automatically store data regarding which setting you prefer in certain situations, and will automatically switch to the desired setting in each situation.

Can hearing aids work with wireless devices?

Many hearing aids can sync with wireless devices by using Bluetooth® technology, enabling you to receive direct signals from your cell phone, MP3 player, television, and more. For improved sound clarity and understanding, Bluetooth functionality allows you to connect wirelessly with cell phones, televisions, iPods, iPads, and other electronic devices.

Are there hearing aids that can get wet?

Today’s technology has the highest moisture rating available in hearing aids today. This means they are resistant to the effects of moisture and are less likely to break down or need to be sent away for repair. Because they are so robust and stay securely in place behind the ear, many people can benefit, including those who perspire heavily, are active in sports, or who garden or work in dusty environments.

Will a hearing aid help me?

If you have an aidable hearing loss, meaning you have some hearing left to work with then the answer is yes.  How much it will help will depend on a whole host of factors including:

  • How long you waited to do something about your problem.
  • How you lost your hearing.
  • Your overall health.


Hearing Aids We Offer

Signia Hearing Aids

Hearing aids deliver the sound that nature intended by combining uncompromised audibility with a natural sounding own voice. Our elegant state-of-the-art solutions replicate the natural experience of hearing everything in harmony.

Phonak Hearing Aids

Whatever your degree of hearing loss Phonak has the right hearing aid for you – regardless of your type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, your personal preferences, your age or your budget.

Resound Hearing Aids

Your hearing experience should address your unique needs.  ReSound is a manufacturer that has proven to be reliable, innovative and a great fit for many of our patients here at Oconee Audiology.

Oticon Hearing Aids

People First is a promise: That everything we do always begins with the people we are doing it for. We are not simply trying to help you hear more, but to live more.Designed to help you communicate, interact and participate fully in life.

Starkey Hearing Aids

Helping millions of patients with never-before-seen hearing aid technologies. Starkey believes every person’s hearing loss is unique that’s why every solution they design is, too. The Starkey motto is “Hear better, live better.”

Widex Hearing Aids

Our uncompromising approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as our own revolutionary wireless technology.


Can I Wait to Get Hearing Aids?

In general, as with any health problem, the sooner you do something about the problem the better. Hearing loss happens slowly and the person with the loss is often not aware they are having trouble hearing.  The problem with a hearing loss is that every day your brain is not getting the correct information.  Instead, it’s getting less information and your brain has to piece that information together to try to make sense of what’s being said.  It can be an exhausting process. 

The longer you wait to get help, the longer it will take your brain once you do decide to address the problem to re-learn how to process sounds.  It will also take time for your brain to re-learn how to separate the speech from the noise.  More importantly, while you’re waiting to fix your problem you’re missing out on life.

From the National Institute of Health

One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older have hearing loss in both ears.


6 Reasons Not to Wait to Get Hearing Aids

  • Recent studies have shown a link between mild hearing loss and early onset dementia. Additionally, hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of falling down, as well as brain atrophy and sensory deprivation (which can result in a decrease in your ability to understand the words that you hear.
  • 25% of those with difficulty hearing said their hearing loss has affected their success in the workplace.
  • 40% of the individuals who reported having having difficulty hearing said that it affects their home life. 
  • More than half of individuals who have hearing difficulties say they often have difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • People who have difficulty hearing tend to gradually isolate themselves from social situations. Social isolation is a leading cause of depression particularly in older individuals.
  • Hearing is an integral part of communication. Communication is important in any relationship. When there is a consistent breakdown in communication between you and your loved ones, the relationship can start to suffer.

Don’t let your hearing loss control your life.  Its time for you to take control, don’t wait another minute. Call us today. 

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