Impact of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can cause
- Depression because communication becomes stressful when someone has to work hard to understand conversation.
- Embarrassment because of frequent misunderstandings.
- Withdrawal because loud surroundings and social situations make understanding speech more difficult.
- Cognitive decline because the human brain changes as listening becomes effortful and challenging.
- Premature dementia. Landmark research from Johns Hopkins found that a mild hearing loss can double chances, moderate can triple chances, and severe can increase it fivefold.
Causes of hearing loss
Noise exposure, like listening to loud music, being in a noisy work environment, long term exposure to loud machinery, or sudden exposure to gunfire or explosions.
- Aging, known as presbycusis, causes changes in the inner ear that lead to slow, but steady hearing deterioration. The loss may be mild, but it is always permanent.
Impact of hearing aids
- Hearing aids improve overall quality of life for most users.
- Hearing aid users enjoy better overall health than non-users.
- Hearing aid users are perceived by their families to have better cognitive functioning than non-users and to be less introverted.
- Hearing impaired people with hearing aids have higher self-esteem, than those without aids.
- Hearing aids can reverse social, emotional and communication dysfunctions caused by hearing impairment.
- Hearing aid users are more likely than non-users to engage in activities involving other people.
Did you know?
Hearing aids have been associated with stigma. One misconception is that they don't work. It has been documented that they do help, and 94 % of wearers said they would recommend that others with hearing loss seek treatment with hearing aids.
People with hearing loss delay getting help because they are unaware of the fact that improving their hearing may literally transform their lives.
Improved hearing also improves:
- Earning power
- Communication in relationships
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- Ease in communication
- Emotional stability
- Sense of control over life events perception of mental functioning
- Physical health
- Group social participation