Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Adults with moderate hearing loss are three times more likely to develop dementia. Adults with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia.


People with mild hearing loss (25 decibels) are three times more likely to have a history of falling. Every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss increases the chances of falling by 1.4 times the original risk.


Hearing loss results in social isolation. Adults with untreated hearing loss tend to withdraw from engaging with family and friends.

Adults, 50 and older, with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety, anger and frustration, emotional instability and paranoia, and are less likely to participate in social activities than those who wear hearing aids.

The degree of depression and other emotional or mental health issues also increases with the severity of hearing loss.


There is a $14,100 income difference between adults with mild and severe hearing loss.

People with untreated hearing loss lose up to $20,000 annually.

Hearing aids alleviate the impact of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with mild hearing loss and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss.

Adults with hearing loss, who wear hearing aids, have a lower unemployment rate than their peers with hearing loss, who do not wear hearing aids.

SOURCE: Starkey Hearing Technologies. Hearing Health: Pocket Guide. Eden Prairie, MN. Starkey Hearing, 2015. Print.