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Hearing loss has been studied from a variety of perspectives in recent years. Hearing loss has been linked to overall health, diet, and activity levels. It’s also been proven that hearing well keeps you safer at home and on the streets. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a faster cognitive decline and dementia onset. Did you know that hearing loss has a significant impact on your emotional well-being?
The link between hearing loss and depression
Hearing loss has been linked to depression in those between 18 and 69. Living with hearing loss has been demonstrated in recent research to enhance feelings of frustration and social isolation in adults.
Consider your relationship with your partner. You and your partner might have always had a good connection built on open lines of communication. You chat about the critical issues, but you also share all of the small joys in life, and you have a lot of inside jokes. When communication breaks down, and you’re no longer able to share life in the same manner, there are many misunderstandings and misunderstandings, and your closest connections will suffer.
Avoiding social occasions
Hearing loss makes communication challenging, and relationships suffer due to not understanding others or expressing oneself clearly. Adults with hearing loss are more likely than their hearing peers to become socially isolated.
Have you ever chosen to stay at home rather than confront your pals in a crowded restaurant? It’s tough for a person with hearing loss to keep up in large groups with various discussions or in settings with a lot of background noise. You might pick up a few words here and there, but you can’t seem to make sense of it all. It’s humbling to constantly ask someone to repeat themselves or respond inappropriately because you don’t understand the question.
Staying at home may appear to be an astute choice at the time. Still, your relationships will suffer, and you will miss a lot of necessary social support. James Firman, president of the National Council on Aging, agrees: “People with hearing loss, especially those who don’t use hearing aids, find it more difficult to communicate with other people, whether in family situations, social gatherings or at work.”
Hearing aids couple improve depressive symptoms
Depression is quite widespread, affecting over 15 million people in the United States. If you think this mainly affects elderly folks or seniors, think again. The average age of onset is just 32. Fatigue, irritability, a lack of appetite or overeating, and a sense of discouragement or hopelessness are common signs of depression.
Living with hearing loss increases emotions of powerlessness and makes you retreat from society, leading to melancholy. Hearing loss affects every aspect of your life, even if you aren’t aware of it.
Treating your hearing loss can significantly impact your life if you want to lower your risk of depression or manage the symptoms of depression. Living with hearing loss impacts your capacity to communicate, your relationships, and your overall quality of life. You’re more likely to feel annoyed, lonely, or reliant on someone else to help you with daily tasks if you can’t hear clearly. Treating your hearing loss is a simple and effective way to re-establish communication, save friendships, reclaim independence, and minimize despair.
Schedule a hearing test with us
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about what a hearing aid can do for you or a loved one. It’s not only about gaining back the sounds you’ve been missing or being safer on the road when it comes to treating hearing loss – treating your hearing will allow you to communicate effortlessly with your loved ones and friends again, mend relationships and follow discussions regardless of distracting background noises. You won’t have to deal with social isolation or feelings of hopelessness, or, worse, depression if you have strong social support.
Take the first step toward better hearing health today, and reap the rewards of better hearing!