Why is hearing so important?
Hearing difficulties are known to increase feelings of isolation. In recent times, we have seen the effects that social distancing and lockdowns can have. In many ways, people living with unaddressed hearing loss are live with daily barriers that:
- Hamper connections that we have to others through hearing every word, catching every joke, and sharing in conversation.
- Connecting to the sounds of nature
- Being moved by music, as you hear it the way the artist intended –balanced for your unique hearing profile
The benefits of acting on hearing loss cannot be ignored
According to a Harvard Medical School study, the strength of the social bonds we have with our family and friends is the single biggest factor in determining our happiness and even how long we live. So, if we do something that improves our ability to converse and connect with others, it’s likely that we will have greater confidence in social situations and improved happiness will follow.
Although 1 in 6 people are significantly affected by hearing loss, according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, just 14 percent of those who could benefit from hearing devices use them. Unfortunately, this leaves millions of people feeling isolated, frustrated, and earning lower incomes[ Sergei Kochkin PhD (2005) – “The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on Household Income.” ] due to decreased effectiveness in the workplace. It also leads to increased risk of serious health issues, including depression, decline in memory and concentration, and even early onset dementia[ Lin et al (2011) Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – “Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”
More than 100 years ago, Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, described the isolation caused by hearing loss aptly when she said: “Blindness separates people from things. Deafness separates people from people.
Do something today
Our message is simple. Do something and do it now.
If you suspect, but are not sure that you’re hearing quite what it used to be, connect with a Hearing Care Professional in your area to arrange a free hearing check or full consultation and assessment.
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