Life with hearing loss
The impact of not hearing well
Impact of hearing loss
The sense of sight connects us to the world of things, but the sense of hearing connects us to people. Losing the ability to fully participate in conversations, enjoy music, and even respond to sounds in the background takes its toll on a daily basis for those who suffer from hearing loss.
Many people are actually aware that their hearing has declined, but are hesitant to look for help. Sometimes it is because they don’t want to admit that there is a problem, or they feel embarrassed that they show signs of aging or of weakness. Some people believe that they are still able to function well enough without external help. Sadly, too many people wait too long – sometimes decades, before the problem becomes so severe that they cannot ignore it any longer.
Increased risk of dementia
Untreated hearing loss extends beyond the physical consequences of decreased balance, constantly feeling tired from straining to hear, headaches, and increased blood pressure. It also is correlated with 5 times the likelihood of developing of dementia. Age-related hearing loss that goes untreated will continue to decline and becomes more difficult to treat the longer it goes on. Early treatment of hearing loss is therefore not only good for hearing, but for the brain as well.
Effect on the people around you
Losing your hearing isolates you from the people around you. It becomes harder to take part in simple social interactions, and each conversation is more effortful and costs more energy, leaving you exhausted at the end of the day.
Misunderstandings can strain relationships with family and friends, and drive the person suffering from hearing loss to retreat from the people and activities that once brought them joy. Frustration, sadness, embarrassment, anxiety, and insecurity are some of the commonly experienced emotions for someone with untreated hearing loss. Addressing hearing loss unburdens you, and the people with whom you interact on a daily basis.
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An invisible loss
“Most people just assume that the person with hearing loss is being rude, or slow-witted. The thing about hearing loss is that no one can see it. But the truth is, a hearing loss is more visible to others than hearing aids.”See the vibe hearing aid family