Other Health Impacts

While most people believe hearing loss is a condition that only affects the ears, the reality is untreated hearing loss has a profound effect on an individual’s overall health and happiness. This can pose a safety threat to you, or impact how you interact with your loved ones.

Did You Know…


Sources: NIDCD Epidemiology and Statistics Program, based on December 2015 Census Bureau estimates of the noninstitutionalized U.S. population, personal communication; May 2016.

Untreated hearing loss can affect cognitive brain function, especially in older people, and is associated with the early onset of dementia.

Hearing loss is tied to a 3-fold higher incidence of injury-causing falls.

21% of diabetics have hearing loss compared to 9% of non-diabetics.

Low-frequency hearing loss is associated with and could be considered an early marker for a higher risk of cardiovascular events and stroke.

High frequency hearing loss is a side-effect of cisplatin and carboplatin, chemotherapy medications used to treat certain cancers.

Along with depression, patients with untreated hearing loss are known to experience anxiety, paranoia, relationship problems, stress, and other negative emotions.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of hearing loss, has a high probability of developing a hearing condition, or has already been diagnosed, contact your physician to find out if they are already a member of the Physician Hearing Network.