Consequence of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can have a range of consequences. The implication of hearing loss differs from person to person, but most people with hearing impairment suffer some social, psychological and physical problems as a result of their hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can result in the following;

The psychological implications of hearing loss may include:

  • Shame, guilt, and anger
  • Embarrassment
  • Problems concentrating
  • Sadness or depression
  • Worry and frustration
  • Anxiety and suspiciousness
  • Insecurity
  • Self – criticism and low self –esteem/self-confidence.
  • Physical consequences are distinguish-
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Tiredness or exhaustion
  • Tense muscles to stress
  • Increased blood pressure


Furthermore, there are also social consequences which occur as a result of untreated hearing impairment, for example:

  • Isolation and withdrawal
  • Inattentiveness
  • Bluffing
  • Distraction and lack of concentration
  • Problems participating in social life and reduced social activity
  • Problems communicating with children and grandchildren
  • Problems at work – may have to give up working/retire
  • Loss of intimacy