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The Broad Impact of Hearing Loss

There are certain everyday things that many of us tend to take for granted. Things that, if we lost them at a moment’s notice, their absence would have a drastic impact on ourselves and those around us. If the place where you live was perfectly fine one day, and then severely damaged or gone the next, that would have an extreme impact on your daily routine and your emotional state. If you suddenly found out you could no longer contact a loved one, that would, of course, leave you feeling lost or distressed. 


This same concept can also be said if you lost one of your senses, whether it be all at once or over a period of time. Take the sense of hearing, for example. How often do you truly take the time to appreciate that you can hear the sound of your spouse’s laugh, the radio playing in the car, or even the dishwasher running in the kitchen? 


While some things you hear on a daily basis may seem mundane to others, it’s a gift that they have either never received, or that got unfairly taken away from them. And losing this ability is bound to have emotional significance on the person it affects and those around them. 


Hearing Review describes a recent study that measured how hearing impaired persons (approximately 10% of the population of the United States and Europe) and their partner's experience and coping with hearing loss in their marital relationships. The study consisted of in-depth interviews and observations with selected couples; after witnessing how hearing loss played into their everyday routine, the study found that the social implications of hearing loss are often associated with the temporal aspects of conversational exchange. 


In layman’s terms? Hearing loss often leads to frustration from all parties-after all, it isn’t fun to constantly have to speak at a loud volume or to have to repeat yourself, and the one suffering from hearing loss feels guilty and often unfairly apologetic. How couldn’t a relationship suffer if that kept occurring? 


And that’s just the emotional side of things; according to Starkey Hearing Technologies, ignoring signs of hearing loss or not seeking the proper treatment can lead to a loss of vocabulary, vocal tone, safety, and even cognitive health. 


Don’t let yourself or a loved one be someone who suffers the physical and emotional consequences of losing your hearing. We at Dennison Hearing Solutions know that finding the right hearing care professional is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget. Call us at (770) 209 - 2627 or visit our website to schedule your consultation today.


Sources:

http://www.hearingreview.com/2019/02/hearing-loss-as-a-social-problem/

https://www.starkey.com/blog/2016/02/Untreated-hearing-loss-consequences


Will Dennison