This is a topic we address quite frequently. Yes, withdrawal from communication interaction is often directly related to hearing loss. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on our emotional, physical and mental well being. Those with hearing loss are likely to experience a number of negative emotions. Often, the frustration and embarrassment of being unable to hear and understand conversation may lead to withdrawal (retreating into the background) and isolation from social situations.
Concentration and active listening can also be very tiring, contributing to fatigue. This becomes a vicious cycle: If we are fatigued, it is difficult to pay attention, which results in understanding even less of what is being said, causing anxiety and physical tension. This type of exhaustion can often lead to depression.
The first step is recognizing a loved one is beginning to withdraw from social interaction. This is an indication he/she could be having trouble hearing. A complete hearing assessment would answer questions regarding hearing and the benefit one can receive from the use of hearing aids. It is important to recognize these other implications of hearing loss. Schedule a complete Hearing Evaluation with an audiologist.
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