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Stress? Check you hearing it could help!
Posted by William A. Kent, BC-HIS on August 23, 2016
The intensive listening effort demanded by untreated hearing loss can be very stressful. Experts believe that even if you have a mild hearing loss that is not being treated, cognitive load increases significantly. Research shows that unaddressed hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental and emotional health issues that diminish everyday quality of life functions. Withdrawal from social situations, a lessened ability to cope, and reduced overall psychological health are a few of the conditions associated with unaddressed hearing loss. Often people with untreated hearing loss feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated and depressed.
A 2014 study showed that hearing loss is associated with an increase risk of depression in adults in all age groups, but most pronounced in 18 to 69 years old. Another study conducted in Italy, looked at working adults 35 to 55 years of age, with untreated mild to moderate age related hearing loss and found that they were more prone to depression, anxiety, and interpersonal sensitivity than those with no hearing issues.
Here’s the good news. For the vast majority of people with hearing loss, intervention can help. Research shows that people with loss of hearing, who are fit with hearing instruments, see improvements in their ability to communicate in most situations. In addition, with those same people, mental health often rallies and depressive symptoms are often reduced. Many regain emotional stability, have easier time in joining in groups, and become more socially engaged. They experience a greater sense of safety and independence and feel more in control of their lives and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life. Many even report improvements in their relationships at home and/or at work.
Simply put, the majority of hearing instrument users say they are satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives due to hearing instrument usage. Many say they feel better about themselves and life overall as a result.
Getting a hearing test is the first step in your quest for help. In most cases Health Insurance covers all or most of the costs for such testing. If hearing instruments are recommended by your Hearing Healthcare Provider, you should be given, in most situations, options that make it easier to make that decision. Areas such as cosmetic, ease of use, or financial are concerns that a dedicated provider will help you with in making a correct decision.
Wearing hearing instruments today, compared to years ago, is not the same; results are dramatically different and ease of use is the focal point of today’s digital technology. With most instruments being totally automatic, and some being totally invisible, it makes hearing instruments usage much more appealing and satisfying. To see our hearing aids, click here.
Treat yourself, get a hearing test and start listening to life…again. Call one of our offices today!