A good number of people are aware their hearing has deteriorated over the years but are hesitant to seek help. Maybe they’re somewhat in denial over their hearing loss, maybe they’re a little embarrassed over acknowledging a shortcoming or weakness, or maybe they believe they can “get by” without the assistance of a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many people wait too many years before getting treatment.
But time and again, research clearly demonstrates the considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. There are far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, many people who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.
- Reduced job performance and earnings power
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Irritability, frustration, negativism and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Diminished psychological and overall health
Hearing loss is just not a part of growing old. It can strike at any time or any age, including childhood. For the young, even mild or moderate hearing loss can bring difficulty to the learning process, speech development and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and success in life. If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, give the licensed professionals at Shea Hearing Aid Center a call at (901) 415-6667 for a FREE evaluation.