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Putting off on important appointments, like your hearing aid fitting, is all too easy amongst the hustle and bustle of daily events. You may even find yourself hesitating to order hearing aids altogether. But hearing loss affects more than just your ears and delaying treatment can have detrimental effects on your whole life.

Untreated hearing loss can result in a greater risk of mental decline

A clear connection between mental decline and neglected hearing loss has been demonstrated by scientists and researchers. This is one reason why delaying treatment is never a good plan.

The impact on hearing

Naturally, it’s evident that putting off treatment for hearing loss isn’t helpful for maintaining your auditory health. By avoiding appointments with a hearing specialist or delaying the purchase of hearing aids, you unintentionally subject your ears to further damage.

You may find yourself constantly boosting the volume on your various devices, worsening the damage to your ears and speeding up the development of hearing loss. Hearing aids can amplify particular frequencies of sound thereby delaying the development of hearing loss.

The link to cognitive function

There’s a close connection between your sense of hearing and your brain. Cognitive function can be severely impacted by untreated hearing loss according to some significant research. Over time, mental decline can be worsened by depression and anxiety brought on by social separation.

Moreover, long-term untreated hearing loss prompts the brain to adapt by reallocating resources from auditory processing to other functions, such as visual processing, potentially complicating the recovery of normal hearing function down the road.

Navigating neuroplasticity

The brain’s amazing ability to adapt, known as neuroplasticity, is both a friend and a foe in this situation. The brain will have a difficult time reverting back to its previous state after it rewires itself to accommodate for sustained neglected hearing loss.

But it is possible to reverse this effect. In both the short and the long term, making use of hearing aids can bring considerable benefits even if you’ve put off on getting treatment for some time.

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While timely treatment is ideal, it’s never too late to address hearing loss. If you’re ready to enjoy better hearing and stronger cognitive function, call us today for an assessment!

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