The Unseen Cause of Isolation Among Adults

Woman at the window looking out and feeling isolated from untreated hearing loss.

The probability of having to cope with hearing loss increase as we age. Some degree of hearing loss is already affecting millions of people. But commonly, seven years or more go by after the initial symptoms show up before people get help.

Many older adult’s social life is negatively effected by neglected hearing loss. Warning signs include regularly asking friends and family members to repeat what they said more loudly and slowly, as well as retreating from social situations because they find it difficult to communicate successfully.

You understand your hearing is important. We’re empowered by our ability to hear. With it, we can go out with friends, go to work, and communicate with people we love. It also helps us stay connected to the outside world and keeps us safe. Our hearing even helps us relax. It’s a pity that we so frequently take our hearing for granted.

The majority of you will reach a point in your lives when your hearing starts to decline and it will have a physical and emotional effect on you. It has an impact on your general quality of life. Hearing loss can even result in feelings of separation.

Because of this, it’s important to recognize the early indications of hearing loss so potential treatment options can be explored. Most forms of hearing loss, thankfully, can be treated. You need to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist if you find yourself frustrated about missing important conversations. Doing so will help you figure out if your type and level of hearing loss can be efficiently treated with hearing aids.

Studies show that using a hearing aid can, for individuals struggling with age-related hearing loss, help decrease the chances of social isolation by making communication in social situations easier. Interacting with friends, family, and co-workers becomes a great deal easier for adults with hearing loss when they wear hearing aids.

Based on studies done at Johns Hopkins University, hearing loss has been connected with many health issues from mental sharpness, loss of memory, depression, as well as a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. These health issues can be prevented by treating hearing loss.

Personal relationships, especially with friends and family, rely heavily on communication. Frustration and miscommunication between friends and family are commonly the result of hearing loss.

Safety is also a concern for people suffering from hearing loss. Using hearing aids ensures that you will be capable of responding to important sounds and warnings that occur in your day-to-day life, such as alarms, sirens, cell phones, doorbells, oven timers, car alarms, and horns, and other traffic noises that identify approaching traffic.

If you have errors at work and lose details it can have a major impact on your income but wearing hearing aids can help you tackle these difficulties.

Family members can be of great help to an older adult with hearing impairment, but it’s also important that the individual with hearing loss takes the first step. If hearing loss is an issue for you, it’s time to get back to hearing all of those significant sounds in your life by taking a hearing test and committing to treatment (such as wearing your hearing aid regularly). Recognizing that you are not alone can be very uplifting. You can avoid feeling separated and get back to socializing with your loved ones with some help from a hearing professional, hearing aids, and your family and friends.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.