Man with hearing loss looks concerned but won't get hearing aids.

Inability to hear is not the only effect of hearing loss, it can also have a serious impact on your overall life. Having difficulty executing daily tasks, and strained relationships are examples of the overall effect of hearing loss.

A study carried out by AARP found that quality of life is more seriously impacted by hearing loss than:

  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

The loss of hearing, when left untreated, can really have a negative effect on your lifestyle, nevertheless, there are many people who don’t get help. Many people who suffer from hearing loss avoid getting help because they think that there is a stigma attached to hearing loss, according to researchers. Being treated differently is one reason people with hearing loss are scared to tell anyone they can’t hear very well. A distorted self image can be the result of this perception, impacting the young and the old.

Many Others Also Have Hearing Loss

As lifespans get longer, hearing loss has become more prevalent, despite the fact that it can impact people of every age, The World Health Organization reports that over 1.1 billion people are in danger of hearing loss and the perceived perceptions that come along with it, many of them young adults. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most widespread health issues adults deal with. Even as the amount of people who have hearing loss keeps increasing, the resistance to getting treatment for hearing loss seems to persist. How does this affect one’s overall health?

How Is Hearing Loss Viewed?

By definition, stigma is a brand that marks a person as inferior and that pretty much tells the story. A lot of people who suffer from hearing loss are worried they will seem older than they are, less healthy, or less capable.

Historically, there is some foundation for this concern. A 2010 study found people were not as well accepted when they had hearing loss. But that research is based on data nearly a decade old. As hearing loss is becoming more common, this perception is improving. Sophisticated, stylish, and fun technology is currently available that even has celebrities visibly wearing hearing aids. Other health concerns relating to aging, like cognitive decline and dementia could be delayed or even prevented by getting treatment, according to research. This is also helping to change the perception. But still, in spite of changing perceptions, many people still are reluctant to get help.

What Difference Does it Make?

There are health repercussions for not getting treatment, so don’t permit your concern about negative perception stop you from getting help. An AARP survey revealed that more people consent to getting colonoscopies than they do hearing tests. Not recognizing your hearing loss, not getting a hearing examination and seeking treatment will take a physical toll, especially over time.

Untreated Hearing Loss, What Are The Consequences?

Your general health will be affected by these physical consequences;

Fatigue

Fighting to hear makes just about everything in life more challenging. Just trying to hear conversations and everyday sounds is a difficult task. You also have to be extra careful to protect your safety because you can’t hear warning sounds or vehicles coming. Just working hard to hear common sounds can induce chronic fatigue.

Migraines

Headaches and even migraines can be caused by stress and tension. Studies have shown a link, though you might not have recognized there was a connection, between some forms of hearing loss and migraines. Even if you’re not prone to migraines, your brain has to compensate for what you can’t hear, and that effort can cause your head to hurt.

Mental Health

You could also be facing mental health issues as a consequence of your untreated loss of hearing 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 challenges.

Surmounting Negative Perceptions of Hearing Loss

Taking the first step and get help if you want to overcome these negative perceptions. Hearing loss is treatable. Your only causing your own suffering by not seeking treatment.

There may not even be a reason to stress as not all loss of hearing is permanent. You won’t know what the problem is unless you schedule an appointment to get a hearing exam. It could be simple earwax buildup.

Make sure you do something about it if you find out that you do have hearing loss. Hearing aids come in many style options nowadays. You can get devices that are less noticeable if your worried about people knowing you have hearing loss.

Finally, prove them wrong. Put on your hearing aids and let everyone know you are just as active, happy, and engaged as everyone else. Your attitude will change people’s perception not only of you, but of everyone else who experiences hearing loss. Negative perceptions are social poisons so be strong and raise awareness to change them.

Hearing loss is a medical condition, not a problem. Get your hearing tested today.

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