Hearing can be considered your social sense, and as humans we crave social connection. Because we’re social creatures, hearing loss can have a fundamental impact on how we communicate and connect with others.
Untreated hearing loss can change how we enjoy social gatherings, theatre, music, and how we perceive emotions. Asking for a repeat or saying “What?” for the third time can also cause frustration and a breakdown in this much needed social connection.
A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins Medicine and the National Institute on Aging found that adults with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
Annemarie Lindner, Doctorof Audiology at Hearlix says, “Just like scheduling your annual dental check or having an eye exam, your hearing health check-up should become part of your routine health maintenance.”
Hearing loss can be gradual, so it’s important to schedule your annual hearing check.
This year, celebrating Christmas with family and friends feels more important than ever. Let’s make sure being there and being present means the same thing!
If untreated, hearing loss not only impacts on our hearing and social life, it can also lead to other health issues including:
• Increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
• Isolation and loneliness
• Balance issues
• Headaches and muscle tension
• Increased stress and blood pressure
• Impaired memory
3 Montague St, Balmain