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Your overall life can be significantly affected by hearing loss, in a way that goes beyond the inability to hear. Losing your hearing can easily impede daily tasks and can strain relationships.

A survey carried out by AARP found that untreated hearing loss had a greater effect on quality of life than:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Stroke

There are many people who don’t seek help with their hearing loss despite the fact that it negatively impacts their lives. Researchers have found that a lot of people suffering from hearing loss are still concerned about a perceived stigma attached to it. If others find out they have hearing loss, people are scared they will be treated differently. An altered self image can be formed as a result of this perception, affecting the young and the old.

Many Others Also Have Hearing Loss

Although it can effect people of every age, it is true that as lifespans grow longer there are more instances of hearing loss. The World Health Organization reports that there are more than 1.1 billion people, a lot of them young adults, in danger of hearing loss and the perceived perception that comes with it. As a matter of fact, hearing loss is one of the most common health issues adults face. Even as the amount of people who have hearing loss continues to grow, the resistance to getting treatment for hearing loss seems to persist. How does this impact one’s overall health?

How Is Hearing Loss Viewed?

The story is pretty much demonstrated by the actual definition of stigma, which is a brand that marks a person as inferior. The concern for a lot of people who suffer from hearing loss is that they will appear less able, older, and maybe less healthy.

Historically, there is some foundation for this worry. A 2010 study revealed when people have hearing loss they were not as well accepted. But that research is based on data nearly a decade old. As hearing loss is becoming more common, this perception is improving. Celebrities openly wear hearing aids and the technology is becoming more sophisticated, stylish, and fun. Also helping to change hearts and minds, research indicates that getting treatment may delay or prevent other health issues linked to aging such as cognitive decline and dementia. And still, despite changing perceptions, many people still are reluctant to get help.

What Difference Does it Make?

Don’t permit your fear of negative perception keep you from getting help or you may suffer long-term health consequences. People get colonoscopies, according to an AARP survey, more often than they get hearing tests. Not recognizing your hearing loss, not getting a hearing test and seeking treatment will take a physical toll, particularly over time.

Untreated Hearing Loss, What Are The Consequences?

Your general health will be affected by these physical consequences;

Fatigue

In life, everything is more challenging if you are struggling to hear. You have to work more than other people to hear conversations and sounds. You put more energy into keeping safe, too, because you can’t hear that car coming or someone walking behind you. Just working hard to hear everyday sounds can induce chronic fatigue.

Common Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and even migraines can be caused by stress and tension. You might not realize there is a connection, but studies have shown a link between migraines and certain types of hearing loss. The constant extra effort by your brain to make up for what you can’t hear can cause your head to hurt even if you don’t normally get migraines.

Mental Health

As a result of your untreated hearing loss, you may be facing mental health concerns such as depression and social anxiety. Social isolation is worse when you have hearing loss and it can also lead to dementia. You will have less energy and will be moodier if you have these other issues.

The Negative Perception of Hearing Loss Can be Surmounted

Seeking help is the step one to overcoming these negative perceptions. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. Your only causing your own suffering by not getting help.

There might not even be any reason to stress out since not all loss of hearing is permanent. Something as simple as earwax buildup could be the reason, but you won’t know for sure unless you schedule an appointment to get a hearing test.

Make sure you deal with it if it turns out that you do have hearing loss. Hearing aids come in many style options nowadays. If you don’t want other people to know about your hearing loss, then get a device that is less visible.

Most significantly, show everyone that you have lots of confidence despite your hearing loss. Put on your hearing aids and let everyone know you are just as active, happy, and involved as everyone else. The perception of people with hearing loss will be improved if you act in this way. Increase awareness and keep healthy by not giving in to negative perceptions.

Hearing loss is a medical condition, not a problem. Make an appointment to have a hearing exam today.