Consequences of Hearing Loss

  • The emotional consequences are anxiety, depression, negativism, irritability, embarrassment, frustration, anger, low self-esteem, and impatience
  • The social consequences are avoidance, silence, rejection, loss of intimacy, boredom, withdrawal, misunderstandings, conflict, and misinformation
  • The physical consequences are indigestion, tension, headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, heart disease, low tolerance for loud noises, and endangerment

Common Signs of Hearing Loss

You may...

  • Hear but not understand people
  • Have difficulty understanding radio, television or public address systems
  • Need to watch a person's lips in order to understand
  • Find yourself asking people to repeat what they have said
  • Pretend to understand
  • May avoid people and isolate yourself
  • May find it emotionally and physically exhausting to communicate
  • Think that you are the only one who has these difficulties

Hearing Loss Facts

  • 36 million people in the U.S. have a hearing loss
  • By age 65, one out of three people have a hearing loss
  • By age 85, three out of five people have a hearing loss
  • Symptoms of uncorrected hearing loss mimic outward behavior characteristics of early onset Alzheimer's disease
  • Hearing deficits, when uncorrected, can exacerbate memory and cognitive disorders
  • 75% of people who could benefit from hearing aids are not using them
  • People with hearing loss wait for an average of seven years before seeking help
  • Isolation, withdrawal, and depression are common reactions to hearing loss
  • People with hearing loss have a much higher divorce rate than those with normal hearing.
  • More people have a hearing loss, than people who are afflicted with blindness, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, kidney disease, liver disease and cancer combined

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