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
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
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
physical consequences, if hearing loss is not
corrected, it can result in issues such as tiredness
or fatigue, headaches, vertigo, and stress.
Even more serious, hearing loss can be
a contributing factor to the development of
dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Relationship Between Vision and Hearing
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.
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
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.
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.
Marriage, and Hearing Loss: Listen To Me, Dear!
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.
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.
recently released British study revealed that relationships were
failing because of unmanaged hearing loss. The results showed
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.
survey of baby boomers in the U.S., conducted in 2007 by the Energizer
Battery Company, found similar results.
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.
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.