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Side Effects of Hearing Loss (Part 2): Hearing and Physical Health

There are an estimated 23 million older adults with untreated hearing problems which have been linked to a host of negative health outcomes. 

Last week, we learned about the mental risks that can come along with hearing loss.

In the second of this two-part series on the potential side effects of hearing loss, we’ll be focused on the physical effects of hearing loss including increased fall risk, reduced physical activity, and other physical consequences.

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Side Effects of Hearing Loss (Part 1): Hearing and Mental Health

At its core, hearing loss is an issue with how your body processes and perceives sound. 

The side effects of this, however, have been strongly linked to negative side effects in both physical and mental wellbeing. 

While hearing loss may not cause any of the effects directly, there is significant research that shows that hearing loss may be a large driver of the problem, if not making it worse. 

This two-part series will explore the negative effects hearing loss has on your mental and physical well-being as well as ways to negate those effects.

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How to Tell if You Have Hearing Loss

Hearing allows us to gather information about the environment around us.

Any sensation of losing part of this important sense is scary, as we can feel cut off from the world around us and leaving us feeling isolated.

But, with approximately 15% of American adults aged 18 and over reporting some trouble hearing, you’re not alone.

This post will cover the process of hearing, how hearing loss is measured, and what to do if you start to think you may be suffering from hearing loss.

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6 Hearing Aid Myths Busted

Hearing is, unarguably, our most important sense. 

Here’s why: It’s one of two senses (the other being smell) that allows us to interact with the world safely from a distance.

Oftentimes the one we rely on most for sensing danger, whether that’s a strange noise from the bushes in the woods or a loud crashing sound at night.

But it’s not all negative.

Hearing also lets us enjoy some of the most pleasurable experiences in life—engaging conversations, the sound of our favorite piece of music, the rhythmic pitter patter of rain on the roof during a storm.

Since the first hearing aid was invented in 1913, the last century has seen more and more myths pop up around the topic of hearing loss and hearing aids.

Read on as we dispel some of those myths.

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