For most people with hearing loss, higher frequencies are affected first. This means that sounds like f, s, p and t become more difficult to hear, which makes understanding speech trickier. In almost all cases, hearing loss is permanent, and it’s hard to predict how slowly or quickly it will develop.
Untreated hearing loss can have a huge impact on your everyday life. Social situations often become so tiring that you start to give up on them altogether. You may find you are tuning out of conversations or starting to withdraw completely, which means missing out on precious time with family and friends. With this in mind, it's easy to see why some recent studies
have shown a link between untreated hearing loss and the onset of dementia.