From social isolation to tidings of joy
Do the approaching holidays fill you with feelings of joy…or dread? For individuals who can’t hear well, it’s often the latter. Some people even “drop out” of the holidays because they have so much trouble hearing conversation, especially in large, noisy gatherings.
This is not just a holiday phenomenon. A survey of 2,300 hearing-impaired adults age 50 and older, conducted by the Seniors Research Group, found that people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia, and they were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to wearers of hearing aids.
Among respondents who had a severe hearing loss, 42% of hearing aid wearers said they regularly participate in social activities, versus 32% for non-wearers.
The study, which also surveyed close family members and friends, found significant improvement in several areas after people began using hearing aids. Besides social life, improvement areas included relations at home, feelings about self, mental health, self-confidence, sense of safety and life overall. Don’t go through another holiday season with an untreated hearing loss — especially when hearing help is so readily available.
If you find yourself "dropping out" of social activities and missing out on important memories with your family, it's time to get your hearing checked. Don't miss out on another moment! It’s easy to schedule an appointment - click here!