Lack of communication is stressful - not just for the person with hearing difficulty but also for the people in his/her life. Hearing loss and its communication challenges effect everyone. A “bad hearing day” for someone with hearing problems can mean fatigue, frustration, even anger and depression. Communication can breakdown with the added frustration and annoyance of those trying to talk to the person with hearing loss.
Among the most significant factors in the Quality of Life Index are health, family and community. Good communication impacts all of these in a positive way. People with hearing problems who use hearing instruments are healthier physically, emotionally and mentally. They are more engaged with family and have a more active social life. They are more successful at connecting with the community thru easier communication with family, friends, neighbors, shop clerks etc.
Another area of importance is work. Many of us have stressful jobs. Hearing problems can cause challenging communication situations at work adding to the stress. Stress can reduce job satisfaction, job performance and overall energy levels. People who use hearing instruments at work communicate easier with co-workers, supervisors and clients, and earn up to $25,000 more a year.
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