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For many people, one of the best parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to visit with family and friends. However, for someone with an untreated hearing loss, this may not be easy. People who suffer from untreated hearing loss often find it difficult to participate in social activities, even within their own family.
It is a common misconception that a hearing loss simply makes it more difficult for someone to hear. However, the unfortunate reality is that an untreated hearing loss may also impact an individual’s life in other ways, including socially.
How could a hearing loss impact my social life?
The effects of hearing loss are different for everyone, but many hearing-impaired people experience social problems as a result of their hearing loss. Some common social problems for people with untreated hearing loss may include the following:
Problems communicating with a spouse, friends, or relatives
Of course, not being able to hear will lead to communication issues. Someone who doesn’t realize they have a hearing loss may become frustrated with others and feel as though other people are always mumbling. They may miss out on parts of the conversation and feel left out. Meanwhile, their friends and family members may not realize there is a hearing loss and become equally as frustrated, feeling like the other person is just not listening. This can cause misunderstandings and friction in these relationships.
Problems communicating at work
The inability to hear clearly can lead to difficulties in a work environment as well. Many people with hearing loss find it difficult to talk on the phone or to focus on one speaker in a noisy environment. Even face-to-face, when parts of the conversation are missed, this can easily lead to misunderstandings. This may cause frustration, embarrassment, or loss of self-confidence.
Reduced social activity
Participating in social events is hard when you can’t hear! An untreated hearing loss may cause someone to reduce their social activity due to embarrassment or anxiety. The ability to communicate easily with others may leave someone feeling uncomfortable or left out.
Isolation and withdrawal
Difficulty hearing may cause someone to isolate themselves or withdraw from many types of social situations. They may begin to avoid situations where they could be expected to listen and talk with others. This could even include avoiding important parts of independent life, such as grocery shopping or doctor’s appointments. The lack of healthy social interaction may lead to sadness, depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem.
Whisper Hearing Centers can help.
Of course, the social impact of hearing loss is difficult enough on its own. What is truly sad, though, is that many people who are suffering with hearing loss don’t even realize it. They simply accept their social, emotional, and psychological changes as an inevitable part of getting older. Thankfully, there is help.
At Whisper Hearing Centers, you get a team of professionals that is completely dedicated to your hearing health. They are highly-trained and experienced in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.