Hearing loss, especially when it is untreated can cause people to withdraw from social gatherings, feel alone, ignored and left out. This can lead to feelings of paranoia and to social phobias. These can have a negative impact on relationships, quality of life and the overall feeling of well being.
Even though hearing loss makes one feel alone and left out those with hearing loss are not alone. Millions of people experience hearing problems. There are over 36 million Americans with permanent hearing loss. This number is rapidly increasing due to the number of baby boomers turning 65 and the prevalence of hearing loss later in life.
Out of the millions of people with hearing loss, 20% of them seek treatment. Left untreated hearing loss can result in reduced word understanding, further isolation, depression and social phobias. There is no reason to delay seeking help. Waiting could actually cause more problems.
The important thing is there is help. Start with a hearing evaluation. This will determine if there is a medical problem or if you have permanent hearing loss. If the loss is permanent and hearing aids are recommended, try them. Hearing aids have a positive impact on life. Hearing aids improve many things including communication and self confidence, and can reduce stress, paranoia and listening effort.