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Your General Health Can be Impacted by The Negative Perception of Hearing Loss

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Your overall life can be profoundly affected by hearing loss, in a way that goes beyond the inability to hear. Relationships can be strained and day-to-day pursuits can be interrupted by hearing loss.

A study carried out by AARP found that neglected hearing loss had a greater impact on quality of life than:

  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke

The loss of hearing, when not treated, can seriously have a negative effect on your lifestyle, yet there are many people who don’t get help. A lot of people who suffer from hearing loss avoid getting help because they think that there is a stigma associated with hearing loss, according to researchers. People are afraid they will be treated differently if others know they suffer from hearing loss. This perception can change how they view themselves whether they are 8 or 80.

It’s Not Only You

Though it can effect people of any 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 public perception that comes with it. One of the most common health problems facing young adults is, in fact, hearing loss. Even as the number of people with hearing loss keeps growing, the resistance to seeking help for hearing loss seems to persist. How is one’s overall health impacted?

How Is Hearing Loss Perceived?

The story is pretty much illustrated by the very definition of stigma, which is a brand that marks someone as inferior. Many people with hearing loss are concerned they will come across as older than they are, less healthy, or less able.

Historically, there is some basis for this concern. A 2010 study found people were not as well accepted when they suffered from hearing loss. But the data from this research is nearly a decade old. This perception is changing as hearing loss becomes more widespread. Celebrities visibly wear hearing aids and the devices are becoming more sophisticated, stylish, and fun. And helping to change hearts and minds, research indicates that getting treatment might delay or prevent other health issues connected to aging such as cognitive decline and dementia. And still, in spite of changing perceptions, some people still hesitate to get treatment.

Does it Even Matter?

There are health repercussions for not getting treatment, so don’t let your concern about negative perception stop you from getting help. People get colonoscopies, according to an AARP survey, more often than they get hearing tests. Not getting a hearing exam because you won’t acknowledge your hearing loss will affect your health as you get older.

Untreated Hearing Loss, What Are The Consequences?

Not dealing with your hearing loss can have the following health consequences;

Fatigue

In life, everything is more difficult when you are struggling to hear. It’s challenging to try and hear conversations and everyday sounds. You also have to be extra careful to protect your safety because you can’t hear warning sounds or cars approaching. You will become chronically fatigued simply by trying to hear common sounds.

Migraines

Tension and fear can trigger migraines and other types of headaches. You might not realize there is a connection, but studies have demonstrated a link between migraines and certain types of hearing loss. Your brain needs to make up for the sounds you can’t hear, so even if you’re not prone to migraines, the extra effort can give you a headache.

Mental Health

You could also be facing mental health problems as a result of your untreated loss of hearing such as depression and social anxiety. Hearing loss could increase social isolation and has even been connected to dementia. Moodiness and reduced energy levels go along with these other challenges.

It is Possible to Overcome The Negative Perception of Hearing Loss

Conquering these negative perceptions begins with seeking out help. Hearing loss is treatable. If you make the decision not to get help, you should understand that you are the one who suffers.

There may not even be a cause to stress out as not all hearing loss is permanent. You won’t know what the problem is unless you schedule an appointment to get a hearing exam. It could be as simple as 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. Less conspicuous styles are available if you feel concerned about people knowing you have hearing loss.

You can prove everyone wrong if you deal with your hearing loss in a confident way. Put on your hearing aids and let everyone know you are just as active, happy, and engaged as anyone. Everyone who has hearing loss will also be helped by your actions. Boost awareness and keep healthy by not giving in to negative perceptions.

Hearing loss is not a personal weakness it’s a medical condition. So see a hearing professional for a hearing test right away.

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