Hearing Loss Can Be Hazardous!
Hearing loss is a physical process … but its effects can extend far beyond not sensing sounds, voices and noises.
Hearing loss poses obvious personal safety risks. Driving, for example, becomes exponentially more dangerous if one can’t hear sirens, horns or other warnings. This carries over into many other aspects of everyday life.
Left untreated, hearing loss can also have serious impact on mental and emotional well-being.
Hearing is critical to basic human interaction. Without it, relationships suffer. Depression, and even dementia, can follow. These dangers are very real, and offer compelling reasons not to ignore deteriorating auditory function.
Good communication is essential to any relationship. As a person loses the ability to hear others, misunderstandings and conflict often follow (“I told you before …”). Acknowledging hearing loss is hard for many people; strife can erupt as others point it out to them.
The situation worsens if unaddressed. Untreated hearing loss has proven links to serious depression. Inability to hear can be intensely frustrating, and might lead a person to withdraw from family and friends. As a sense of isolation grows, depression sets in.
Medical studies have found evidence linking hearing loss to dementia. Auditory stimulation is key to normal brain function; reduced or cut off, a lack of synapses-firing “fuel” starves the brain. Cognitive function declines. Dementia can be the next unfortunate step.
Why take a chance? If you or someone you love is suffering hearing loss, a hearing test is the first step making a clear assessment. From there, you can get back on the path to hearing (and enjoying) all the sounds of life again.