Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help.
Perhaps they don't want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can "get by" without using a hearing aid. And unfortunately, too many wait for years, or even decades, before getting treatment.
But time and again, research demonstrates the considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss with far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone.
In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:
- Irritability, negativism and anger.
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression.
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations.
- Social rejection and loneliness.
- 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.
It can be difficult to lead a busy, active life when you’re affected by hearing loss, but it doesn’t have to be.
Today’s hearing instruments are the most advanced ever. Some hearing aids can be worn while playing sports or even while swimming, so that you can get the most out of your active lifestyle while not missing a single sound.
But it’s important to act the moment you believe you have hearing loss. Waiting can result in a more difficult loss and reduced quality of life.
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don't delay another day. Find a hearing healthcare professional and take the first step toward a world of better hearing.