The intensive listening effort demanded by untreated hearing loss can be extremely stressful.
Experts believe that even if you have just a mild hearing loss that is not being treated, thought and reasoning load increases significantly leading to stress in many if not all social and personal situations. Withdrawal from social situations, a lessened ability to cope and reduced overall psychological health are just some of the conditions associated with unaddressed hearing loss. Along with often feeling stress, people with untreated hearing loss may feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed.
Even one-on-one situations with loved ones can be very stressful due to frequent misunderstandings, mistakes and even arguments.
When people with hearing loss use hearing aids they often regain emotional stability; have an easier time joining in groups and become more socially engaged; experience a greater sense of safety and independence; feel more in control of their lives; and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life. Many even report improvements in their relationships at home and at work resulting in significant reduction of stress.
Reference: Better Hearing Institute www.BetterHearing.org