How does hearing loss affect daily life?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2022
One in eight people in the United States age 12 and older has hearing loss in both ears. Hearing loss can have a huge impact on the quality of your life, and often you don’t realize you have hearing loss until it has progressed. Here are some facts you need to know about hearing loss, how it affects daily life and what you can do about it.
- When children have mild to moderate hearing loss, they may have learning difficulties and struggle to develop key language skills. This can lead to poor self-esteem and other negative impacts.
- Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, including loss of memory and thinking skills. When you lose your ability to hear, you don’t use the hearing-related areas of your brain as much, so these areas begin to break down.
- Hearing loss is strongly associated with social withdrawal, fatigue and depression. The effects of hearing loss and depression can
- People who have hearing loss are also found to be more susceptible to stress, headaches, high blood pressure and muscle tension.
- Safety is another concern for people who have hearing loss. The sounds of an alarm or the engine of a car moving toward you can be missed with hearing loss. Employees with hearing loss are more likely to get injured on the job.
- Sometimes people with hearing loss will experience ringing in their ears, also known as tinnitus. This is an annoying buzzing, ringing or rushing noise in the ears or head, disrupting sleep and concentration, and increasing fatigue. Tinnitus in addition to hearing loss can impact mental health as well, as it’s associated with depression and anxiety.
- The treatment for your hearing loss depends on the severity of the loss. Hearing aids are a popular choice as they can be taken in and out each day. Bone conduction systems, cochlear implants and hybrid cochlear implants are other options for hearing loss treatment.
If you think you have experienced hearing loss and need a consultation, call us at (972) 984-1050 to schedule an appointment at our locations in McKinney, Allen, Plano, and Celina.
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