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Consequences of Hearing Loss

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.

 

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For those that have worked in noisy jobs or had noisy hobbies, the chances of developing hearing loss earlier in life or of a greater degree increase significantly. A person with hearing loss can often feel that they suffer alone. In reality hearing loss doesn’t just affect that individual but it affects everyone around them too.

 

Communication is a two way street and thus talking to someone with hearing loss can be just as difficult as being the person trying to understand speech while suffering with hearing loss. Hearing loss has a tendency to affect a person’s relationships, lifestyle and general wellbeing.

 

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:

  • Sadness and depression
  • Worry and anxiety

Avoidance and withdrawal of difficult listening situations and environments resulting in less social activity and engagement
Emotional turmoil and insecurity

Some of the documented physiological effects of untreated hearing loss include:

  • Increased speech comprehension difficulties
  • Linked with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Auditory deprivation
  • Accelerated reduction in grey matter volume within the auditory cortex (i.e. brain atrophy).

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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