Untreated Hearing Loss and Your Well-being

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If you think that you or a
family member might be suffering from hearing
loss, call today for your appointment!

For More Information, Call Hearing Aids Today At: (615) 457-8600
Or
Visit Us At:
http://hearing-aids-nashville-tn.com

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Untreated Hearing Loss and Your Well-being

  1. 1. Untreated Hearing Loss and Your Well-being While many people may be aware that they are experiencing some hearing difficulty, they often fear the label of having a hearing loss. As such, many suffering withdecreased hearing sensitivity do not and will notseek help. Others are in denial that a hearingimpairment exists – the loss may have come ongradually and compensations made or they feelthey do well enough without any help. Many peoplebelieve decreased hearing is a big handicap orweakness that they are too embarrassed to admit.Therefore, a large number of hearing impairedpeople do not get help or delay help for yearsbefore seeking diagnosis and treatment.
  2. 2. Unfortunately, this not only damages their hearinghealth, but also their overall well-being!Extending the time span of hearing difficultywithout treatment has possible further detrimentaleffects on hearing. Without a full auditory richenvironment, the brain “forgets” how to listen tothe sounds that are missing. For example, if youhave decreased hearing sensitivity in high pitches,those pitches will slowly become less and lessfamiliar to the natural coding that occurs in thebrain. This is called auditory deprivation – goingwithout specific sound inputs for a long period oftime. The longer time span without treatment, theharder treatment will be at a later date. It is betterto seek treatment quickly to lessen these possibleeffects.
  3. 3. Overall quality of life and even physical healtheffects have been traced to untreated hearingimpairment. Implications of decreased hearingextend much further than just your “hearing”.Much research has shown connections betweenuntreated hearing impairment and negative social,psychological, vocational, cognitive, and physicalhealth effects. Forgoing treatment can go as far asimpacting all aspects of a person’s life. It maymake work more difficult, job opportunities shrink,social conversation complicated. Some withuntreated hearing impairment are so vexed by theimpacts that they begin to withdraw entirely fromsocial situations into isolation. Many may not evenrealize that withdrawal is what is going on. Thehearing impaired person may feel that they just“no longer enjoy” such and such activities, whilethe significant other may feel that other reasonsare causing the isolation (e.g., no longer being
  4. 4. interested in the significant other, beingupset/angry with the significant other, etc.). Suchimpacts lead to confusion and hurt feelings, even ifit is inadvertent.You are not alone in your struggles. Do not delayhelp any longer, and, if you have delayed, “betterlate, than never.” While you may already bedealing with the negative impacts of youruntreated hearing difficulties, further damage andimpact may be prevented with decisive action! Ahearing healthcare professional is waiting to helpyou meet your goals. If you think that you or afamily member might be suffering from hearingloss, call today for your appointment! For More Information, Call Hearing Aids Today At: (615) 457-8600 Or Visit Us At: http://hearing-aids-nashville-tn.com

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