It is medically recommended to have your hearing tested annually, just like your blood pressure or cholesterol. Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. Hearing loss is not just an ear issue, it is also a quality of life issue, a health issue, and safety issue. Hearing loss can occur naturally due to age, but it can also be caused by other health reasons that may surprise you. Some other health issues that are directly linked to hearing loss include, but are not limited to: diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. It has also been found that untreated hearing loss can lead to a very quiet, isolated life while possibly causing anxiety, depression, and paranoia.