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Your life can be profoundly affected by hearing loss, in a way that goes beyond the inability to hear. Relationships can be strained and daily activities can be disrupted by loss of hearing.

A survey conducted by AARP found that quality of life is more seriously impacted by hearing loss than:

  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

The loss of hearing, when neglected, can seriously get in the way of your lifestyle, yet there are many who don’t seek help. Researchers have discovered that a lot of people suffering from hearing loss are still concerned about a perceived stigma attached to it. If others find out they have hearing loss, people fear they will be treated differently. It doesn’t matter how old they are, this perception can distort the way they view themselves.

It’s Not Just You

Though it can affect people of every age group, 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, at risk of hearing loss and the perceived perception that comes with it. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most widespread health issues adults deal with. Persistent resistance to getting help continues while the amount of people with hearing loss increases. What is the impact on overall health?

What is The Perception of Hearing Loss?

By definition, stigma is a brand that marks somebody as inferior and that basically tells the story. The concern for many people with hearing loss is that they will seem less capable, older, and maybe less healthy.

Historically, there is some foundation for this worry. A 2010 study revealed people were not as well accepted when they had hearing loss. But that study is based on data nearly a decade old. This perception is changing as hearing loss is becoming more commonplace. Hearing loss technology is becoming Stylish, fun, and sophisticated. Even celebrities are publicly wearing hearing aids. Research shows that some other age related health concerns, such as dementia, could be slowed or even prevented by seeking treatment. This is changing peoples mind about hearing loss and also their hearts. In spite of this, some people still don’t get the treatment they need.

What Difference Does it Make?

It is easy to say that perception doesn’t matter, but if this worry is stopping you from seeking help, recognize that there are health consequences for not getting treatment. An AARP survey found that more people agree to get colonoscopies than they do hearing tests. Not acknowledging your hearing loss, not getting a hearing examination and seeking treatment will take a physical toll, particularly over time.

Consequences of Undiagnosed or Untreated Hearing Loss

Not taking care of your hearing loss can have the following health repercussions;

Fatigue

In life, everything is more challenging when you are struggling to hear. Just trying to hear conversations and common sounds is a difficult task. You have to put more effort into keeping safe, as well, because you can’t hear that car or truck coming or someone walking behind you. Just working hard to hear everyday sounds can cause chronic fatigue.

Migraines

You can get headaches and migraines if you have too much anxiety and tension. You might not recognize there is a correlation, but studies have demonstrated a link between migraines and some kinds of hearing loss. The constant extra effort by your brain to compensate for what you can’t hear can cause your head to hurt even if you’re not prone to migraines.

Mental Health

As a result of your untreated hearing loss, you could face mental health problems such as depression and social anxiety. Hearing loss can lead to dementia and often causes social isolation. These issues, in turn, often come with physical symptoms like reduced energy levels or moodiness.

The Negative Perception of Hearing Loss Can be Surmounted

Taking the first step and get help if you want to conquer these negative perceptions. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. Understand that you are the one that suffers if you don’t get that treatment.

There might not even be a cause to stress since not all hearing loss is permanent. Something as basic as earwax buildup might be the cause, but you won’t know that unless you make an appointment to get a hearing test.

Make sure you deal with it if it turns out that you do have hearing loss. Nowadays hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. You can get hearing aids that are less obvious if your nervous about people learning you have hearing loss.

You can prove everyone wrong if you handle your hearing loss in the right way. Put on your hearing aids and let everyone know you are just as active, happy, and involved as anyone. The perception of people who have hearing loss will be changed if you act like this. Raise awareness and stay healthy by not surrendering to negative perceptions.

Hearing loss is a medical condition, not a weakness. So see a hearing professional for a hearing exam right away.

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