Many of us know someone, family, friend, ourselves, who have hearing loss but are reluctant to do anything about it. It may be justified with “it’s not that bad”, ” I can get by”, “people mumble”, etc. Sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge the problem because we are embarrassed, see it as a weakness or a sign of aging or don’t want to wear that “big, bulky hearing aid”. So unfortunately, we wait years, even decades, before we do anything about it.
Many of us don’t realize how much untreated hearing loss affects every aspect of our daily life and our relationships at work, home and socially. We must also mention the negative impact it has on the brain.
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:
irritability, agitation and anger
fatigue, tension, stress and depression
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 overall health
risk of falls
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t wait to seek help. The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the better off you will be mentally and physically. Healthy Hearing is Healthy Living!