The Hidden Cause of Solitude Among Adults

Woman at the window looking out and feeling isolated from untreated hearing loss.

The chances of having to deal with hearing loss increase as we get older. Millions are living with some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, people dealing with hearing loss often wait seven years after the first symptoms show up before finding help.

Many older adults decide to dismiss their hearing loss, which can negatively impact their social lives. Withdrawing from social situations because it’s hard to communicate and regularly asking people to repeat what they said are common warning signs.

Obviously, hearing is crucial. Our hearing strengthens us. With it, we can go out with friends, go to work, and communicate with those we care about. It also helps us stay connected to the outside world and keeps us safe. Our hearing even helps us unwind. Regrettably, we often take it for granted that we’ll always have strong hearing.

Most of you will reach a point in your lives when your hearing starts to decline and it will have a physical and emotional impact on you. It has an effect on your general quality of life. Hearing loss can even lead to feelings of separation.

For these reasons, it’s important to identify the early signs of hearing loss so potential treatment options can be considered. Most types of hearing loss, thankfully, can be treated. You should schedule an assessment with a hearing specialist if you find yourself frustrated about missing crucial conversations. Doing so will help you figure out if your form and degree of hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids.

For those who have age-related hearing loss, studies have shown that wearing hearing aids has many benefits, including improvements in the ability to hear in social situations and interacting with others. Hearing aids make it easier for older adults to continue their regular activities and socially interact with friends, family members, and the other individuals with whom they communicate each day.

Mental health problems including memory loss, depression, failing mental cognition, and even the occurrence of Alzheimer’s have been associated with hearing loss in studies done by Johns Hopkins University. Treating hearing conditions helps to avoid these health problems.

Personal relationships, especially with friends and family, rely heavily on communication. Hearing loss can create miscommunication, frustration, and ill will between friends and family members.

Hearing loss also creates safety concerns. There are important warning sounds that take place in your life like sirens, alarms, horns, and the sound of traffic approaching which you need to be able to hear. Hearing aids will help keep you safer by enabling you to hear these sounds.

If you have errors at work and lose details it can have a significant impact on your wages but using hearing aids can help you conquer these challenges.

It’s crucial that the person with hearing loss take the initiative and schedule a hearing test, but family members can also be really helpful. If hearing loss is a problem for you, it’s time to return to hearing all of those important sounds in your life by getting a hearing test and committing to treatment (like wearing your hearing aid daily). Ultimately, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. You can avoid feeling isolated and get back to socializing with your loved ones with a little assistance from a hearing professional, hearing aids, and your family and friends.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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