Hearing loss is a common problem which affects 1 in 6 Australians. By 2050 it is expected that hearing loss will affect as many as 1 in 4. The average age of the onset of hearing loss is approximately 55 for men and 62 for women. The most common cause is simple “Age”, and therefore most people will at some stage of their life be affected by hearing loss. No doubt you already know someone who is.
Many studies have been conducted into the psychosocial and physiological effects of hearing loss. The results highlight that untreated hearing loss leads to strained relationships, tension, fatigue, embarrassment and social stress for the patient and for their family and friends.
Some of the common psychosocial effects of hearing loss include:
Avoidance and withdrawal of difficult listening situations and environments resulting in less social activity and engagement
Emotional turmoil and insecurity
If you or a loved one is affected by hearing loss, don’t worry. Hearing loss only becomes a problem when it is ignored or denied. Statistics indicate that people wait an average of 7 years between recognising a hearing loss and choosing to do something about it. The earlier a hearing loss is detected and treated the better the outcome is expected to be. Treating a hearing loss is beneficial not just for the person with hearing loss, but for their friends and family as well.
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