Hearing Loss Causes Social Isolation and Depression
How many times have you gone to a family function, maybe a birthday party or a wedding, and found yourself sitting in the corner watching from afar because conversations are difficult due to your hearing loss. You hear sounds, and see people’s lips moving, but the sounds are muffled, or not clear. You just can’t seem to make out the words being conveyed. As a result, you become frustrated and think to yourself, “It’s just what happens when we get old.” You, in a sense, become isolated..
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We often times hear of stories of isolation, such as the man, who we’ll call “Mark” to keep in line with confidentiality laws, who stopped playing Bridge with his church group because it became too difficult to hear his fellow Bridge-mates. He became depressed and stated he didn’t want to go anywhere and didn’t care to have company because of the frustration that arose out of half-heard conversations. Continually saying, “Huh?”, “Can you repeat that please?”, and “What did you just say?” were more annoying than the company themselves (most often).
I’m happy to report that “Mark” discovered hearing aids after his daughter, we’ll call her Molly, contacted our Cary, NC office. He’s now the proud owner of Phonak’s newest product, the rechargeable hearing aid. Molly realized how sad her father was becoming and worried the depression would never go away. She quickly realized her father was hearing again, and happily, when he said yes to a long overdue visit with a friend over coffee at the nearby IHop.
Yes. We grow old (if we’re lucky). And yes, we do loose our hearing
In a recent survey, The American Academy of Audiology (AMA) reported, “A survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing gloss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia, and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.”
Hearing aids are an effectively proven way to help with depression and isolation. If you’ve been to our office, you’ve probably seen this stand up in the front lobby.
If you’ve read it carefully, it re-iterates exactly what the AMA has conveyed about depression and isolation.
You’ve discovered the problem, and realize the symptoms that go along with it. Depression and isolation….so how do we combat it?
To put it plane and simply…with hearing aids.
Hearing aids, weather they’re from Phonak, Oticon, or the like, are beneficial. The Technical power of a hearing aid is another blog post all together. However, we already know the power of a hearing aid, socially, and emotionally.
Call our office today and schedule an appointment in our Cary or Knightdale offices to have your hearing tested and evaluated today. An entire world is out there waiting to be heard.
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