Too many people brush off hearing loss as a minor problem that affects only the ears. Even if a hearing condition is not a fatal condition, that does not mean it does not threaten a person’s life. A hearing problem can have many of the same effects on a patient as stress or anxiety, chipping away at his or her emotional well-being with each passing day.
The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on a Patient’s Life
Communication with others is essential to everyday life. A person who is used to relying on his or her ears for information loses the ability to interact as effectively when a hearing problem arises, placing many different social bonds in jeopardy. Consider these ways a hearing problem can affect a patient’s…
- Relationships. Spouses often report that a hearing problem has caused a loss of intimacy and feelings of anger or resentment between partners, all because of a loss of communication. A misheard comment can lead to arguments, missed appointments, or even injuries that lead to hurt feelings and a growing rift between couples.
- Friendships. The ability to share with one another strengthens our social bonds, making us feel acknowledged and accepted. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing impairment can weaken social bonds, threatening the familiar interactions and support systems that hearing loss patients need. As hearing loss worsens, patients often hide from social gatherings, drifting apart from friends and family members because they are afraid people will treat them differently.
- Work. Personal interactions are a vital part or work lives as well as home lives. Hearing loss can cause an employee to quit his or her job or take early retirement, affecting income as well as health and independence.
- Mental health. The constant stress of coping hearing loss can take a great toll on a person’s mental state. He or she may worry that others will discover the condition (anxiety), or become angry due to the frustration at their hearing limitations. The failing of personal relationships, loss of social support, and tendency toward isolation are also perfect conditions for a patient to develop depression.
With so much at stake, there is no reason not to get the treatment you need to stop hearing loss in its tracks. Call the number on this page or click on the appointment tab above to get your hearing tested at our office nearest you!