Man with hearing loss looks concerned but won't get hearing aids.

Inability to hear is not the only effect of hearing loss, it can also have a profound impact on your life. Relationships can be strained and daily tasks can be disrupted by hearing loss.

A survey conducted by AARP found that quality of life is more seriously impacted by hearing loss than:

  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Despite the fact that it has a negative impact on their lives, a lot of people who have hearing loss don’t get treatment. A perceived stigma attached to hearing loss is one reason why people with hearing loss won’t get the help they need, say researchers. If others find out they have hearing loss, people are afraid they will be treated differently. It doesn’t make a difference how old they are, this perception can alter the way they view themselves.

Your Not The Only One

Although it can impact people of any age, it is true that as lifespans get longer there are more instances of hearing loss. The World Health Organization reports that there are more than 1.1 billion people, a lot of them young adults, at risk of hearing loss and the perceived perception that comes with it. One of the most widespread health issues facing young adults is, in fact, hearing loss. Persistent resistance to getting help continues while the number of people who suffer from hearing loss increases. How does this affect one’s general health?

What is The Perception of Hearing Loss?

By definition, stigma means a brand that marks a person as inferior and that basically says it all. A lot of people who suffer from hearing loss are concerned they will come across as older than they actually are, less healthy, or less capable.

Historically, there is some foundation for this concern. A 2010 study found when people suffer from hearing loss they were not as well accepted. But that study is based on data almost a decade old. This perception is improving as hearing loss is becoming more widespread. Hearing loss technology is becoming Stylish, fun, and cutting edge. Even celebrities are openly wearing hearing aids. And helping to change hearts and minds, research reveals that getting treatment might delay or prevent other health concerns associated with aging such as cognitive decline and dementia. And still, despite changing perceptions, many people still are reluctant to get help.

Why Does It Matter?

It is simple to say that perception doesn’t matter, but if this fear is stopping you from getting help, understand that there are health repercussions for not getting treatment. An AARP survey discovered that more people agree to get colonoscopies than they do hearing tests. Not acknowledging your hearing loss, not getting a hearing test and seeking treatment will take a physical toll, especially over time.

Consequences of Undiagnosed or Untreated Hearing Loss

These bodily consequences of not taking care of your hearing loss will impact your general health;

Fatigue

In life, everything is more difficult when you are struggling to hear. You have to work more than others to hear conversations and sounds. Because you can’t hear oncoming traffic or that person coming up behind you, you have to put more work into keeping safe too. Just working hard to hear common sounds can induce chronic fatigue.

Common Headaches and Migraines

Tension and fear can lead to migraines and other kinds of headaches. You might not recognize there is a correlation, but studies have demonstrated a link between migraines and some types of hearing loss. Your brain needs to make up for what you can’t hear, so even if you’re not prone to migraines, the constant effort can give you a headache.

Mental Health

You could also be facing mental health problems as a result of your untreated loss of hearing like depression and social anxiety. Hearing loss can lead to dementia and often causes social isolation. Moodiness and reduced energy levels go hand-in-hand with these other issues.

The Negative Perception of Hearing Loss Can be Surmounted

Taking the first step and seek out help if you want to overcome these negative perceptions. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. If you make the decision not to get treatment, you should realize that you are the one who suffers.

There may not even be any reason to stress since not all loss of hearing is permanent. Something as basic as earwax buildup may be the reason, but you won’t know that unless you make an appointment to get a hearing test.

If you find out you do have hearing loss, do something about it. Nowadays hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. Less conspicuous styles are available if you feel concerned about people finding out you have hearing loss.

You can prove everyone wrong if you deal with your hearing loss in a confident way. Wear your hearing aids and let everyone know you are just as active, happy, and engaged as everyone else. The perception of people with hearing loss will be improved if you act in this way. Raise awareness and keep healthy by not surrendering to negative perceptions.

Hearing loss is a medical condition, not a weakness. Make an appointment to have a hearing exam today.

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