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Some of the greatest moments in life are often filled with the wonders of sound.  Whether it's the uplifting sounds of nature or the beat of a great musical performance, the sounds of crashing ocean waves, or the laughter of one's children or grandchildren, the sense of hearing is undeniably one of the most important factors in your quality of life.

Despite the importance of hearing, many people in the United States go undiagnosed with hearing degradation.  Have you ever found yourself not hearing a waiter in a busy restaurant or missing something your spouse said to you?  If so, it's about time to take steps to address your hearing problems.   

Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

From a psychological standpoint, studies have shown that people with hearing loss experience a greater degree of sadness, a reduction in social activities resulting in feelings of isolation, increased fear and anxiety, loss of emotional stability, increased concentration problems, and feeling of depression.

Regarding physical consequences, if hearing loss is not corrected, it can result in issues such as tiredness or fatigue, headaches, vertigo, and stress.

The Relationship Between Vision and Hearing

Leading vision doctors throughout the country have long realized the benefits that sight and sound play in the functionality of life for their patients.  Did you know that there is a high correlation between vision loss and hearing loss?  This is especially true in older patients. These sensory changes often occur at the same time.  So, if you have your eyesight checked on a regular basis, why not have your hearing checked as well?  You may be glad you did.

Vision and hearing are your two most important sensory processes.  Together they create your internal GPS system, providing you with your three-dimensional perception of the world around you.  Your vision and hearing have dedicated cranial nerves that transmit essential data to the visual and auditory areas of the cortex of the brain during every moment of the day.  A decrease in either of these systems can negatively affect the way you experience the things that go on around you.
  

 

The Links To Depression And Social Isolation In Seniors

Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for older persons, according to a major study by The National Council on the Aging (NCOA).  A study of 2.300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities (such as family gatherings, parties, even going to church) when compared to those wearing hearing aids.

There is no need to be isolated from family and friends, suffering in silence. Proper hearing assistance can make all the difference in returning you to a fulfilling social life.

 

Love, Marriage, and Hearing Loss:  Listen To Me, Dear!

Ask any happy couple to name the secrets to a successful marriage and the chances are that "communication" will be high on the list.  That's because communication allows both partners to convey their thoughts and emotions to each other - a very important aspect to a healthy marriage.  Take away the ability to talk, hear, and respond, and the relationship is bound to deteriorate.

Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?  Well, it isn't always the case.  If one or both of the partners have untreated hearing loss, the notion of solid and meaningful communication bites the dust.  And this happens more that you might think.

A recently released British study revealed that relationships were failing because of unmanaged hearing loss.  The results showed

  • Almost one out of two (44%) people said that relationships with their partner, friends or family had suffered because they can't hear properly.
  • A third (34%) have seen marriages fall apart as a direct result of the breakdown in communication caused by hearing loss.
  • Two thirds (69%) said their hearing loss seriously hindered their ability to take part in everyday conversations with spouses and other family members and friends.

A survey of baby boomers in the U.S., conducted in 2007 by the Energizer Battery Company, found similar results.  

  • Nearly half (48%) of those surveyed said their marriages have suffered because of their spouse's hearing loss
  • Even more respondents (65%) indicated they feel annoyed when their significant other cannot hear them.

Again, for the sake of your marriage and the well being of you and your spouse, if you are experiencing hearing loss, DO NOT DELAY in having your hearing tested and addressing any problems that you may be experiencing.