How does Hearing loss affect your life?
It may come as a surprise to know hearing loss can have many negative consequences on day to day living. Research indicates hearing loss can lead to developmental problems, negative social experiences, psychological problems, reduced cognitive abilities and health problems. The average person takes eight years to seek help for hearing loss. They may suffer embarrassment, blame the problem on other people “mumbling” or see it as a sign of aging.
Hearing loss is present at all age. It does not discriminate against race, sex, social status, income level or job description. It can lead to difficulties in personal and professional relationships as well as lead to isolation and withdrawal.
The Better Hearing Institute reports studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:
Irritability, negativism and anger
Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
Reduced job performance and earning power
Diminished psychological and overall health
If you know someone who has trouble hearing, don’t wait. See your hearing healthcare professional at Audiology Consultants to take the first step toward better hearing.