Along with our sight, hearing is one of the most important senses to help us make our way through the world, but have you ever stopped to consider the impact of hearing loss on quality of life?
It’s time to stop putting off that hearing test because you’re afraid of the results and you don’t want to wear a hearing aid. New technology in hearing aids means that they’re no longer the bulky, unattractive devices your grandparents wore. Modern hearing aids are small and inconspicuous, and you’ll be amazed at how much they can help you hear clearly.
If you’re still not convinced, here are some of the effects of untreated hearing loss you may not have thought much about.
We rely on our hearing to warn of us of impending danger, but your reduced ability to hear means you won’t be able to clearly hear shouts of warning at work or while you’re out and about, or hear a cry for help.
Smoke alarms rely on sound to warn you of fire and give you time to get out of the building and call for help.
Crossing the street becomes even more dangerous if you can’t hear approaching traffic, and driving becomes perilous for you and other road users.
Not being able to hear warning sounds puts you at a significant risk wherever you are, awake or asleep.
Socialising and Relationships
As social beings, the impact of hearing loss on communication can be devastating. You’ll soon become frustrated and embarrassed by your inability to hear and follow the conversation of your friends and family, and they might feel annoyed at you. This, in turn, makes you want to avoid social situations which can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Left untreated, hearing loss reduces your ability to connect with people at a time when it’s vitally important for your mental health and wellbeing.
Researchers have found a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia that suggests those with even mild symptoms of hearing loss may be twice as likely to develop dementia later in life. It’s the social impact of hearing loss that increases the risk because of the reduction in quality of life due to isolation, loneliness and even depression.
The extra work your brain has to do in order to hear and understand conversation may also lead to changes that encourage dementia. It’s important to note that hearing loss is just a risk factor and doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop dementia.
Hearing loss can also cause dizziness and affect your balance due to the inner ear sending unequal nerve impulses to the brain. The brain perceives the information as distorted and sends messages to your eyes that create a spinning sensation which makes you dizzy and off-balance.
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At Health and Hearing, we have more than 30 years of experience working with veterans, seniors and working Australians. We understand that seeking help for diminishing hearing can be embarrassing and stressful, but we’re here to help you with this sensitive issue.