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It’s Not Just Your Hearing: The Emotional Effects of Hearing Impairment
It seems as though our world continues to get louder and louder. As a premium is placed on instant connectivity and people are rarely seen without phones to their ears, it is easy to see that communication drives our society.
For people who are experiencing hearing loss, however, staying connected with friends and the world surrounding them grows increasingly challenging. Many individuals are embarrassed and frustrated as they find themselves becoming lost in conversations, and relationships that were once solid may become strained and shaky, further complicating emotions for the individual.
Beyond the Physical: How Hearing Loss Can Change Someone
Many people who have experienced deteriorating hearing describe the experience as frustrating, isolating, and lonely. Social situations that were once enjoyable may cause great anxiety, as the individual wonders how they will interact with several people without bringing attention to their hearing difficulties.
When a person’s hearing deteriorates, they are forced to apply extreme concentration and focus on each conversation they are involved in, which can be physically and mentally draining. This mental fatigue can have serious effects, including personality changes and increased risks of trips or falls. Beyond expected levels of frustration, anxiety, and anger, however, can lie very serious psychological effects if hearing loss continues untreated.
Depression and social phobias can grow quickly out of control to the point where an individual isolates themselves to avoid social settings. The fear of communicating ineffectively can be all-consuming, and many people who have lost their hearing grow anxious and fearful. Having helped many people find solutions to their hearing loss, this is one of the most devastating things we face—because there is a solution to the fear, frustration, and embarrassment.
If you are suffering from the psychological effects of hearing loss, seeking treatment may seem like an enormous leap that you may not feel ready for. Today, we encourage you to make that leap, and begin learning about the exciting solutions that are on the market today. Technology has evolved greatly, and today’s hearing aids are discreet, effective, and simple to use.
To learn more, download our free information pack. When you are ready to explore the options that are ahead, contact us today—we look forward to helping you hear a better tomorrow!