Most people have utilized their hearing for so long it has become second nature and not something many of us focus on daily. Especially today, many of us do pay attention to our health by getting annual physicals, trying to stay active and working on eating a healthy diet. Through all these efforts, hearing health and hearing loss tends to fall to the side of our overall attention to health.
Of course, back in the old days, many of us will remember raising our hands for the beep, wearing headphones getting our hearing tested as children. We may even remember brief hearing health screenings at annual physicals as we aged. But all too often, as we reach adulthood, many of us think we hear “just fine”, which can be so misleading.
We trust our bodies to show us symptoms of health issues, but what if our body is showing us signs of hearing health issues that we think are associated to other areas of the body? Simply speaking, our brain cannot tell us that it is not hearing sounds. If you don’t know you are missing hearing things, how can you know you are experiencing hearing loss? Believe it or not, there are many signs of hearing loss that we experience in daily life, even if we do not realize it.
Hearing Loss & Daily Life
Your hearing has a major impact and plays a huge role in everything you do daily. Hearing loss effects your personal life, your job, your physical health and in some instances, even your safety. It is very common for people living with hearing loss to think hearing loss is not a serious problem. Many of these same people think that living with hearing loss is normal and that they can simply get by in life by asking people to repeat themselves or turning up the volume. Except, it’s never really that simple to function living with hearing loss. Many of these same people also experience a number of issues they may not realize are all related to untreated hearing loss, such as:
Hearing Loss & Social isolation
Hearing loss and social isolation can show itself through avoidance of social situations, withdrawal, social rejection feelings and isolation. Hearing loss makes conversations very difficult, especially at gatherings, restaurants, parties, etc. Many people with hearing loss give up in social settings because it is so frustrating to follow conversations they cannot understand, and also embarrassing that people with hearing loss have to keep asking others to repeat themselves, talk slower, stop mumbling, etc. In many cases people with hearing loss give up trying to socialize.
Psychological effects of Hearing Loss
Prolonged and untreated hearing loss can cause stress, depression and can even cause psychological and overall health to decline.
- Chronic stress and high levels of chronic stress have been medically linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease, cancer and hyper-tension. Living with hearing loss daily causes a person with prolonged and untreated hearing loss to develop high levels of anxiety and stress.
- Depression is serious and can cause long-lasting effects on the body and mind. Depression is also very common in our world today and sadly, prolonged and untreated hearing loss acts as a sort of petri dish for depression to settle and grow.
- Brain Health or psychological health is supported by a clear brain. Prolonged and untreated hearing loss has been linked to the early-onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is not a part of the “normal” aging process.
What many people do not understand is that hearing loss generally happens gradually, over long periods of time. It can happen so subtly that we simply think we hear “just fine” when in fact, we may not be hearing a variety of sounds. It is very common that people with hearing loss are the last to realize they are living with hearing loss.
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