Emotional effects of untreated hearing loss
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. Though most adults wait an average of 5-7 years before seeking help for their hearing loss, there are compelling reasons you shouldn't. Besides communication challenges, untreated hearing loss has emotional effects that can rob you of life's happiest moments.
How hearing loss affects your emotions
The psychological effects of untreated hearing loss for both children and adults can include increased outbursts of anger, low self-confidence, frustration, embarrassment and depression. Adults may experience periods of sadness and grieving as their ability to hear diminishes. They also may feel more fatigued, as the struggle to hear and understand can be physically exhausting.
When left untreated, hearing loss can affect:
How to stop the emotional effects of hearing loss
Hearing loss is a well-understood medical condition for which solutions have existed for years. Treating your hearing loss begins with a comprehensive test to determine how severe the loss is and what type. Unless you have the type of hearing loss that can be treated medically, hearing aids are often the best solution.
Fortunately, most of the emotional effects of hearing loss begin to quickly resolve once the hearing impairment is treated effectively. Children whose hearing impairment is detected and treated early can develop speech and language skills at the same level as their normal hearing peers, which positively affects self-esteem, social interaction with peers and academic success. Adults can quickly get reacquainted with family they've missed connecting with, begin interacting with colleagues again and go back to hobbies that may have been put aside.
The sooner you confront the reality of hearing loss and take action, the better you'll be able to minimize these emotional effects and get back to a high quality of life. To get started, find a local hearing healthcare professional in our directory and call for an appointment.