Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected
There are many benefits that come with having your hearing loss properly treated, and for many people, the most important benefit is allowing them to feel better connected. People often struggle with social situations and maintaining social ties when they’re dealing with the symptoms of hearing loss.
We’re going to talk today about how treating your hearing loss can help you to stay socially connected and, perhaps most importantly, feel more relaxed and able to take part in social interactions with friends and family members. Being able to do that is vital for all of us, so read on to find out more.
Hearing loss and social situations
When you’re dealing with hearing loss that hasn’t yet been treated, it makes life difficult in a range of ways. For a start, it makes it tough to deal with social situations because you’re not able to engage with people in the same way when it comes to conversation and staying on top of what people are saying to you.
It can be particularly difficult for people to stay on top of conversations that involve multiple people or conversations that take place in public settings with lots of background noise. Hearing loss often makes it difficult for people to pick out sounds that they want to focus on.
Withdrawal and social isolation
When you’re not able to stay social and engage in conversation, this causes problems. Many people will start to withdraw from these social situations and their relationships with their friends and family members could experience this as well, especially if those loved ones don’t fully understand what the person is going through regarding their hearing health.
Once a person starts to withdraw from social settings and their ties to other people are weakened, it can exacerbate their cognitive decline problems. People are social and we require interactions with other people. When hearing loss stops that from happening, it can be a very serious problem.
Anxiety caused by hearing loss
Many people experience a sense of anxiety when they go through the early stages of untreated hearing loss. If you want to avoid becoming anxious, it’s important to take action. Anxiety can take many forms when it comes to hearing loss, and as we discussed above, for many people it manifests itself in the form of social anxiety.
It’s not just social anxiety though. People with hearing loss tend to worry about environmental sounds and the weakening of a core sense undoubtedly raises problems that a person may have never dealt with before. That can lead to a loss of confidence and subsequent challenges that come with it.
This can lead to depression
For some people who don’t get to the bottom of the problem and don’t get the treatment they need, it can lead to some mental health struggles such as depression. That’s not something anyone wants to go to, and that’s why it’s important for action to be taken sooner rather than later when the signs of hearing loss are noticed.
There is, of course, help and guidance out there for anyone who is experiencing depression, whether it’s linked to the problems we’ve discussed here not. It’s important to tackle the underlying issues driving mental health struggles too though, and for many those issues will be hearing loss related.
Seek testing and treatment
It’s important to get treatment, but before that can even happen you need to make sure that you get your hearing tested by a professional audiologist. This matters because you can’t take action to address your hearing problems and the damage to your range of hearing until you know exactly what kind of hearing loss you have and what the extent of it is.
Once you’re properly tested by an audiologist, the results of the test can be properly interpreted and understood. There are many courses of action that can then be taken once you have the results and you can decide which is best for you with the help of your audiologist.
If you think you might be experiencing the signs of hearing loss and you want to do something about that before it starts impacting your social life, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Your Hearing Connection. We’ll be able to book an appointment for you and test your hearing to find out how severe and what kind of hearing loss you have. If you want to get in touch, call us today at 626-538-9920.