Hearing loss can affect your health in many ways including your mental and emotional well-being and your physical health. Studies show that hearing loss in some cases may also indicate other very serious underlying health issues such as diabetes and cardiac disease.
The research also suggests that allowing hearing loss to go untreated can significantly increase many of these impacts on your overall health.
How does hearing loss affect your mental health?
Hearing loss makes it hard to communicate and this can create enormous stress for the hard of hearing person and their family, friends, and work colleagues. Humans are social animals and missing out on important communications at work or in social settings tends to make the sufferer feel isolated and anxious. Studies also show that depression is common in people with untreated hearing loss.
The strain of trying to understand half-heard communications can be exhausting and this can often lead to frequent mood changes such as frustration, grief, and bitterness. The common tendency for sufferers of hearing loss to withdraw from challenging social settings can compound these mental health issues and create a vicious cycle.
Increasingly, research is also uncovering links between hearing loss and the development of dementias such as Alzheimer’s. Researchers think that the social isolation and reduced mental stimulation that many hearing-loss sufferers may experience is contributing to this mental decline.
The effects of untreated hearing loss on young children can be particularly severe. Being able to communicate with those around is critical for the normal acquisition of language and social skills. Unless treated, hearing loss in young children can restrict their healthy all-round development and participation in activities.
Fortunately, hearing aids can reduce these mental health impacts significantly.
Impacts of hearing loss on physical health
Hearing loss can also affect your physical health. The stressful challenges of daily communication can leave the sufferer experiencing tension headaches and neck pain. Research indicates that hearing loss can make workers feel more exhausted and significantly increase the time they need to recover from work place stress. In fact, one study shows that hearing impaired workers are also four to five times more likely to take sick leave.
But hearing loss may also indicate significant warning signs about your overall health. Research reported by the American Diabetes Association indicates that diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as non-diabetics.
Although the precise cause and effect nature of this relationship isn’t fully understood it is a significant finding. Likewise a number of studies show a clear relationship between hearing loss and the risk of heart disease. This connection is so compelling one researcher describes the ears as the window to the heart.
Fortunately, modern science and innovative hearing aid technology is able to significantly reduce or completely reverse the impact of many of the mental, emotional and physical effects of hearing loss
Come and visit us at House of Hearing— and learn how a modern hearing aid can help you live life to the full.