Hearing Loss: Why It Matters
If you have hearing loss, you may feel self-conscious and isolated. You might not feel confident around others or like yourself as much. Perhaps you even think that your hearing loss is a character flaw. We’re here to tell you: none of these things have to be true! Your hearing loss doesn’t define who you are as a person or take away any part of who you were before. It’s just one more thing we all have to deal with in this world, no matter how good our health happens to be at any given moment!
Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the US.
You may be surprised to learn that hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. About 48 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, but up to 90% don’t seek treatment for it. In fact, many people can improve their hearing by using simple strategies or devices like hearing aids and assistive listening devices at home or work. But even if you want to do nothing more than wear a pair of ear plugs at concerts, you need to understand why hearing loss matters so much—and what you can do about it.
It can hurt your career.
You may think that your hearing loss is not a big deal. But it can be. In fact, research shows that people with hearing loss are more likely to leave the workforce than other workers. That’s because they struggle with:
- Interviews and meetings
- Interpersonal communication at work (e.g., talking with colleagues)
- Giving presentations and training sessions
It can hurt your relationships.
- Communication is an essential part of your relationships. When you can’t hear well, the quality of your relationships may suffer.
- You may feel isolated and alone.
- You might become depressed or angry.
- It can lead to financial problems as well as health problems if untreated for too long.
It can make you feel isolated.
If you have hearing loss, it’s likely that you’ve felt left out of conversations, or wished that certain noises weren’t so loud. You may even have avoided going to certain places because you couldn’t hear what was happening around you.
What many people don’t realize is that this kind of isolation can be damaging to your health and well-being. You might feel sad when you’re alone all the time, or unhappy because other people think they’re doing something wrong when they don’t understand why your hearing is impaired.
It can worsen other medical conditions.
While hearing loss can be isolating, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), more than 36 million Americans are living with some form of hearing loss. However, only one in five people report experiencing a problem with their hearing (and just 3 out of 100 say they have a “hearing disability”).
The impact of untreated hearing loss can result in some negative side effects—and they’re not always what you’d expect. Here are some common conditions that may worsen when left untreated:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia (FM)
- Anxiety disorders or panic attacks
It can contribute to dementia and delusional disorders.
- It can contribute to dementia and delusional disorders. Hearing loss is correlated with memory loss, which can lead to an overall decline in cognitive function. As your memory declines, you’ll have trouble understanding the world around you (what’s going on) and why things are happening as they are. This could make it difficult for you to understand what other people are saying or mean by their words.
- It affects your ability to communicate clearly. You might miss important information when someone speaks too quickly for you to comprehend well; others may not be able to understand what you’re trying to say if they have some hearing loss themselves—or if there’s a lot of background noise present when speaking with them (for example: a noisy restaurant). If people feel like they can’t communicate clearly with someone who has hearing loss, this could lead them towards losing interest in talking with them altogether! That would leave both parties feeling frustrated and cut off from each other emotionally because neither person would feel heard by their partner during conversations anymore…
You need to protect your hearing because it affects every area of your life.
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life in many different ways. It affects your ability to communicate with other people and make connections, which is important for a healthy social life. It also affects your ability to work, since you’re no longer able to hear what’s going on around you at work or school. And by limiting your auditory abilities, hearing loss can limit your enjoyment of activities like movies or concerts. Finally, hearing loss can affect how healthy you stay over time—it reduces the quality of sleep and makes it harder to recognize health issues because they don’t register as clearly when filtered through damaged ears
While hearing loss can be a difficult topic to discuss, it’s important that we all become more aware of it and take steps toward protecting our hearing. Whether you want to protect your own hearing or help someone else who might be struggling with this condition, these tips can help.