The Impact of a Hearing Loss
‘When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people’ – Helen Keller
Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated and some 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 hearing aids. Sadly too many wait years, even decades, to address the effects of hearing loss before getting treatment. But time and again, research demonstrates the considerable effects of hearing loss on relationships as well as negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. Each can have 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.
The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:
- Irritability, negativity 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
Hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. It can strike at any time and any age, even childhood. For the young, even a mild or moderate case of hearing loss could bring difficulty learning, developing speech and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life.
At Clarisound, our mission is to help people understand their hearing loss and ensure that they get the most appropriate help and support services.
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Reach out to us and we will answer your questions, deal with your fears and ensure that quality of life is restored and improved.