Don’t Let Hearing Loss Get In The Way of Your Social Life

“Loneliness,” according to a study at UCSF, “can be especially debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems and even death.”

We’ve talked before on this blog about the side effects of hearing loss, especially those that it can have on your emotional well-being. There are many risks that hearing loss opens one up to, including those posed by social isolation and loneliness.

But just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do! 

This week, we’re going to talk about how you can take matters into your own hands. We’ll dive into how hearing loss and a decline in social life are linked, why this matters, and what you can do about it.

Social Decline is the Silent Epidemic of Hearing Loss

The truth is almost everything we do socially requires some level of auditory communication. 

That makes the effects of hearing loss all the more devastating on one’s social life.

Why?

From ordering coffee or going out to dinner to talking to a loved one, hearing loss can make every aspect of socializing feel more difficult. It can sometimes feel like you are misunderstood or misunderstanding people just in the simple act of trying to go about your day. 

People who suffer hearing loss later in life often have a difficult time at first, note psychologists Mary Kaland and Kate Salvatore. They write that “when hearing loss occurs, it is a very disorienting experience. Rapid losses are more disorienting than gradual losses.”

This disorientation leads to reducing the amount of time they spend talking to people more and more, and subsequently, their social world shrinks.

Research has backed up this fact as “numerous studies show a significant connection between hearing loss, loneliness, and social isolation”.

How a Hearing Aid Can Help Take Back your Social Life

Statistics collected by NIDCD show that about 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.

The goal of using a hearing aid to combat hearing loss is to make those previously simple tasks easy again and improve communication.

A hearing aid may not be an instantaneous cure—much like it feels to wear glasses, it takes your brain time to get used to wearing a hearing aid. At first, the quality and volume may not sound "good" at first.

Your brain is not used to that type of sound and talking with people may be more difficult at first but after a while, you’ll be back doing the things you love in no time.

Taking the First Step

Maybe you’ve thought about a hearing aid before but haven’t taken the first step because of their cost-prohibitive nature.

Good news is there may be another option.

Vibe air hearing aids offer an easier path to support and treat mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. 

They are offered at a reduced cost compared to other hearing aids to support as many people as possible with this type of hearing loss.

Don’t wait — schedule an appointment with a certified audiologist today or take our online hearing test for free.

 

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