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Hearing Loss and Health: A Strong Connection
Posted by Alina Phoenix, HIS on December 05, 2014
According to the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss affects 1 in 10 Americans, and becomes more common as we age, affecting 3 in 10 over the age of 60. Many people are aware that their hearing has changed but are reluctant to get help. I believe a big part of the reason is because they do not realize the negative impact hearing loss has on life.
The consequences of hearing loss are far reaching. According to the Better Hearing Institute, studies show hearing loss is linked to the following:
- irritability, negativism and anger
- fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- social rejection and loneliness
- reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- reduced job performance and earning power
- diminished psychological and overall health
Hearing loss can even masquerade as other conditions because of symptom similarity. It is especially important to get hearing checked in cases where dementia or Alzheimer’s is suspected, as research from Johns Hopkins Institute shows untreated hearing loss can contribute to the development of these conditions. Other Johns Hopkins studies reveal that patients with untreated hearing loss show accelerated brain tissue loss, more hospitalizations, and poorer health outcomes compared to those with normal hearing.
As you can see, the effects of hearing loss go far beyond an occasional misunderstanding. It is truly a health issue. With modern advances in hearing technology, hearing loss does not have to negatively impact our lives. Properly fit hearing aids are high tech, discreet and can help bring back the clarity that is missing, reconnecting us with the world and helping us make the most out of life. I can tell you from experience that you just don’t know how much better life can be until you hear well.
Alina Phoenix is a Hearing Instrument Specialist working for Audibel Hearing Aid Centers in Champaign and Monticello, IL. She has been half-deaf since birth, and she was unaware of how much her hearing loss was affecting her until she got her first hearing aid and her life improved dramatically. This is what inspired her to enter the hearing care profession. She is passionate about hearing health, hearing loss education and hearing aid technology. She encourages everyone to be proactive in protecting their hearing, to get hearing checkups yearly and to address hearing loss as soon as it is discovered to minimize the harmful effects on life.