Social and Emotional Aspects
of Hearing loss
Hearing loss affects overall quality of life and has been shown to negatively impact many areas of our lives.
Hearing loss doesn't just affect hearing. Hearing is crucial to developing meaningful relationships and the ability to enjoy life, whether it is participating in a conversation between friends or enjoying aesthetic pleasures like music or the rustling of the leaves.
According to research, hearing loss affects overall quality of life and has been shown to negatively impact many areas of one's life including social, psychological, and cognitive well being. Many adults do not realize how much hearing they have lost, but family and friends may notice changes in behavior.
Those adults whose hearing loss is not treated report:
- sadness and depression
- fatigue and tension
- worry and anxiety
- less social activity, withdrawal from group activities
- emotional insecurity
Why Hasn't My Family Physician Told Me I have Hearing Loss?
Only 12% of physicians today ask their patients if they have any hearing problems and even fewer actually perform a screening in their office. Since most people can communicate without significant difficulty in a quiet exam room, it can be difficult for your physician to recognize the extent of your hearing difficulties.