Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss


At Ahrens Hearing Center, we provide quality hearing health care to residents or Paramus, Hackensack and the surrounding areas in northern New Jersey. We take pride in our history and are committed to the community we’ve served since 1968.

In an effort to promote hearing health, we’ve developed an outreach program to raise awareness of the impact of untreated hearing loss. From speaking engagements to monthly screenings at local senior centers, our trained and caring staff provides up-to-date information on hearing loss, its side effects, new developments in the field of audiology, as well advancements in treatment options.

Many people are unaware of the links between hearing loss and other major health issues, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease– Recent research in the field of audiology shows that almost 80% of those with cardiovascular disease suffer from hearing loss.
    • Trauma to blood vessels in the inner ear and inadequate blood supply may result in hearing loss.
    • A stroke, or vascular trauma in the brain, can affect the nervous system, as well as motor and thought processes. Hearing loss may occur on the side of the brain affected by the stroke.
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease– Hearing loss can lead to social isolation which may accelerate the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Studies show that hearing aids help decrease Alzheimer’s-related problems.
    • Research from Johns Hopkins indicates that patients with hearing loss are five times more likely to suffer from dementia than their peers with no impairment.
  • Diabetes – Because high blood glucose levels cause the tiny blood vessels in the inner ear to break, disrupting sound reception there is a connection between hearing loss and diabetes. In fact, up to 30% of adults with diabetes will experience some degree of hearing loss.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – There is a higher prevalence of hearing loss among older adults with kidney disease.
  • Thyroid Disease – Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland) may lead to Sensorineural or Conductive hearing loss, which may increase with the severity of hypothyroidism.

At Ahrens, we know that education is the first step to better hearing. We offer extensive testing services and comprehensive treatment options, including, but not limited to hearing aids.

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) can be used on their own, or in conjunction with hearing aids to enhance sound in a variety of listening situations. Some of the ALDs we offer:

  • Loop Systems 
  • Telephone signalers, amplified phones and captioned phones
  • Doorbell signalers
  • Professional devices, such as hearing aid compatible stethoscopes
  • Television listening systems
  • Safety products – Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors

We also carry custom hearing protection products and Bluetooth accessories.

Patients in Hackensack, Paramus and the surrounding communities in northern New Jersey have entrusted their hearing health care to our family-owned business since 1968. Schedule an appointment and allow the experienced, friendly staff at Ahrens to provide you with audiology solutions to fit your unique hearing needs.

At Ahrens Hearing Center, we provide quality hearing health care to residents or Paramus, Hackensack and the surrounding areas in northern New Jersey. We take pride in our history and are committed to the community we’ve served since 1968.

In an effort to promote hearing health, we’ve developed an outreach program to raise awareness of the impact of untreated hearing loss. From speaking engagements to monthly screenings at local senior centers, our trained and caring staff provides up-to-date information on hearing loss, its side effects, new developments in the field of audiology, as well advancements in treatment options.

Many people are unaware of the links between hearing loss and other major health issues, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease– Recent research in the field of audiology shows that almost 80% of those with cardiovascular disease suffer from hearing loss.
    • Trauma to blood vessels in the inner ear and inadequate blood supply may result in hearing loss.
    • A stroke, or vascular trauma in the brain, can affect the nervous system, as well as motor and thought processes. Hearing loss may occur on the side of the brain affected by the stroke.
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease– Hearing loss can lead to social isolation which may accelerate the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Studies show that hearing aids help decrease Alzheimer’s-related problems.
    • Research from Johns Hopkins indicates that patients with hearing loss are five times more likely to suffer from dementia than their peers with no impairment.
  • Diabetes – Because high blood glucose levels cause the tiny blood vessels in the inner ear to break, disrupting sound reception there is a connection between hearing loss and diabetes. In fact, up to 30% of adults with diabetes will experience some degree of hearing loss.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – There is a higher prevalence of hearing loss among older adults with kidney disease.
  • Thyroid Disease – Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland) may lead to Sensorineural or Conductive hearing loss, which may increase with the severity of hypothyroidism.

At Ahrens, we know that education is the first step to better hearing. We offer extensive testing services and comprehensive treatment options, including, but not limited to hearing aids.

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) can be used on their own, or in conjunction with hearing aids to enhance sound in a variety of listening situations. Some of the ALDs we offer:

  • Loop Systems 
  • Telephone signalers, amplified phones and captioned phones
  • Doorbell signalers
  • Professional devices, such as hearing aid compatible stethoscopes
  • Television listening systems
  • Safety products – Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors

We also carry custom hearing protection products and Bluetooth accessories.

Patients in Hackensack, Paramus and the surrounding communities in northern New Jersey have entrusted their hearing health care to our family-owned business since 1968. Schedule an appointment and allow the experienced, friendly staff at Ahrens to provide you with audiology solutions to fit your unique hearing needs.