Hearing loss makes it harder to process speech and sounds. However, its effects can go far beyond that. Left untreated, hearing loss can negatively impact our physical, mental, and cognitive health as well as our relationships with others.
Four Surprising Ways Hearing Loss Can Negatively Affect Your Life
- Worsening mental health. People with untreated hearing loss often experience higher levels of depression and anxiety. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including worrying about their hearing loss getting worse to increasing isolation because socializing becomes too difficult.
- Cognitive decline and dementia. Research has shown a link between hearing loss and an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Additionally, scans have shown that hearing loss may contribute to a faster rate of atrophy in the brain.
- Stomach problems. Though it might seem odd that problems with hearing can affect your digestive system, the issue comes from the fact that hearing loss increases your level of stress. Higher stress levels can lead to a whole host of stomach problems, including trouble eating, upset stomach and abdominal cramps, among others.
- Strained relationships. Hearing loss increases miscommunication between you and your loved ones. Because it becomes harder to communicate, you might not be able to connect on the level you once did. This can be especially true of partners or spouses who may have to act as a translator of sorts when you go out with friends at Lola’s Seafood Eatery. This can lead to frustration and resentment on both ends.
Hearing Aids Improve Quality of Life
If you have signs of hearing loss, it’s vital to make an appointment for a hearing test as soon as possible. The sooner you are diagnosed and treatment can begin, the better your outcome will be.
In most cases of hearing loss your audiologist will recommend hearing aids. Research has shown that using hearing aids can have positive effects on your overall health.
A study conducted in 2013 found that hearing aid use in older individuals with hearing loss was significantly associated with a reduced odds of major depressive disorder and other depression symptoms.
Take the first step to better hearing and better health and call the experts at The Hear Care Center today to schedule an appointment.