Reconnecting to Life with Hearing Loss Treatment

Reconnecting to Life with Hearing Loss Treatment

Are you feeling more disconnected than ever before? Many of us do! We are experiencing a  worldwide pandemic that has caused us a lot of isolation. Those suffering from hearing loss have had an extra disadvantage to carry through these trying times. As social animals our lives were restricted and we had to find creative ways to socialize.

 

Why is it so important to stay connected?

Your friends and loved ones provide emotional and mental engagement that actually keeps our cognitive brain functions strong. Isolation and unattended hearing health contributes to the breakdown of cognition which furthers depression and affects our hearing ability. Here is a very basic breakdown of how the brain needs regular sound input to keep our hearing normal.

 

  1. Speech is transformed into sound waves that enter and travel from the outer to inner part of our ears.
  2. The cochlea and the auditory nerve located in the inner ear work in tandem to send sound waves to the brain.
  3. The brain then uses this information via neural pathways to interpret and translate sound so that we understand the speech.

 

Once our hearing is impaired we start to send distorted sounds to our brain. This is when we begin to find it hard to follow conversations, go to public gatherings, theaters and even intimate family events.

 

What do we need to know?

The biggest take away from experiencing isolation is that it exacerbates other possible health conditions in addition to obstructing socialization with others. The following are some of the results of a 2020 survey categorized by age ranges:

 

  • Awareness of increased risk of heart disease, sleep disorders and high blood pressure was 58% ( 18 – 34yrs), 68% (35 – 49 yrs) and 65% (50+ yrs).
  • Non-attendance to on-site health visits from the beginning of the pandemic was 58% ( 18 – 34yrs), 68% (35 – 49 yrs) and 65% (50+ yrs).
  • Health providers overall didn’t really address social isolation in any effective manner

 

How has the pandemic affected us?

By the end of 2020, studies were already being implemented to study the effects of the COVID-19 nationwide lockdowns. Currently it is safe to say that isolation has become an epidemic and a crisis in the US.

By October 2020, a survey of over 2,000 male and female participants that were 18 years and over was taken. The findings of the survey have left us with some valuable insights.

  • Adults have mostly experienced a profusion of negative emotions with frustration scoring the highest
  • Two thirds of adults have stated that their stress/anxiety levels have increased
  • 7 out of 10 adults experiences greater obstacle in socialization

Yes, it is obvious that the pandemic has negatively affected a vast majority of people but it is specifically the lack of isolation that we need to pay attention to.

 

What can you do?

We need to find ways to mitigate the lack of social interactions that our current situation has caused. One of the first things we can do is attend to the health and upkeep of our hearing. It is instrumental in the way we communicate and sustain our relationship to others,

  • Take free online hearing exams to get an idea of your hearing ability and familiarity with the language of auditory testing
  • Speak to others in your community or people closest to you about how they approached their hearing loss
  • Ask your primary care doctor for suggestions and referrals for hearing specialists
  • Make an appointment as soon as you can
  • Take a loved one with you!

 

Did you know?

Based upon the results of your comprehensive hearing exam and assessment you will have more options for better hearing!

Your hearing specialist can help you with:

  • The right type of assistive hearing devices ranging from hearing aids to phone apps to cochlear implants.
  • Resources for financial aid and navigating insurance requirements
  • Making sure that your options are tailor made for you!

 

The first step is to recognize the need to attend to your hearing health and how that would positively impact your social life. We are here when you are ready to make an appointment or if you would like further information. Contact us today!