Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Dr. Marina E. Kade

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem among the elderly. About 30 million people with hearing loss in one or both ears are affected by this public health crisis. Hearing loss is often ignored and undertreated because it occurs progressively over time. This means that millions of people are living with hearing loss that is still untreated. 

Communication can be difficult with hearing loss, affecting relationships, work performance, and overall health. Restricted communication can make it difficult to interact with others, causing people to withdraw from social situations. Communication can be significantly improved by successfully managing hearing loss, helping people to manage social situations with greater ease!

How hearing loss can affect you

Hearing loss can be caused by various factors, including exposure to loud noise, existing medical conditions, and genetic history, all of which affect the auditory system and how we hear. Consequently, one’s ability to perceive and interpret sound is impaired, significantly affecting one’s life. Hearing loss can result in the following:

  • Problems communicating: When hearing is impaired, conversing with others can be challenging (especially in environments with background noise). Understanding different words can be difficult when sounds are muffled. People with hearing loss can rely on others to talk loudly, repeat themselves, move conversations to quieter places, require others to speak slowly, read lips, and so on. Since conversations can be challenging to follow in their entirety, there is a higher risk of miscommunication. This affects the quality of a conversation because it forces the individual to spend more mental energy on understanding the exchange, taxing, and awkward interaction.
  • Social Withdrawal: The effort of conversing can outweigh the pleasure of social interaction. With hearing loss, it is common to experience stress and anxiety, which can lead to avoiding social situations, gatherings, and activities, among other things. Spending less time with family and friends as a result of loneliness causes anxiety and stress. 

Social withdrawal and restricted communication can have a significant impact on one’s overall health. Emotional and mental wellbeing will suffer as a result of being less linked to others. Stress, isolation, and depression are all exacerbated by withdrawing from spending quality time with others. Hearing loss will intensify if left untreated. These effects can continue, making everyday life more complicated than it needs to be. 

It is essential to have your hearing checked if you have found any improvements in your hearing. Early detection of hearing loss is highly beneficial and can facilitate the transition to better hearing.

The benefits of treatment

All is not lost if you are diagnosed with hearing loss. Hearing loss can be managed, and the quality of your life can be significantly improved. 

The first step in treatment is for a hearing healthcare expert to check your hearing. Hearing tests are a quick and painless way to assess the severity, form, and degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. There are a variety of devices that improve one’s ability to hear and promote social connection. They do so in the following ways:

  • Enhancing Communication: Hearing aids are cutting-edge electronic devices that pick up, enhance, and process sound, enabling people to hear much better in various situations. This relieves the strain, anxiety, and stress that comes with having to hear constantly. Hearing aids enable people to hear and answer without constantly asking someone to repeat themselves. This encourages people to have a more natural conversation, which greatly enhances communication.
  • Boost Confidence: Hearing aids assist people in acclimating to their surroundings without having to rely on others. This system relieves the pressure of continually compensating for hearing loss, which can be overwhelming. Being able to hear clearly will give you more energy while also increasing your confidence and sense of freedom. This encourages people to engage in discussions and to be more present.

We all know that living a fulfilling, healthy, and happy life necessitates social interaction. Our satisfaction is sustained by our relationships with family and friends, interests, and spending time with others. This has a significant impact on one’s overall wellbeing and the duration, abundance, and quality of life. For more information about improving your social connections through hearing treatment, contact us today!