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Hearing loss impacts all aspects of your life

Hearing plays a major role in our quality of life, from our emotional well-being and physical health to our careers and leisure activities.

Yet millions of people who have hearing loss let it go untreated, despite research showing links between untreated hearing loss and increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, hospitalizations and even dementia.

Hearing loss affects: 500 million people under 65 Hearing loss affects: Nearly 750 million adults worldwide Hearing loss affects: Two-thirds of adults over 70

Hearing loss impacts our emotional well-being

When we hear our best, there’s nothing stopping us from enjoying the sounds of laughter, music, nature or conversations with family and friends. Hearing these sounds help fuel us, and undeniably make moments more memorable and life more enjoyable.

When hearing is impaired, those sounds we’ve taken for granted fade — leading to a cascade of changes that could impact us emotionally.

  • Hearing loss might cause embarrassment
  • Missing favorite sounds might lead to sadness
  • Missing critical information could create anxiety
  • Not hearing conversations clearly might lead to feeling left out
  • And feeling left out can lead to depression and social isolation
In a recent study, adults with untreadted hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia than peers who wore hearing aids. Exclusion from communication can cause feelings of loneliness, isloation and frustration, particularly among older people who have hearing loss.
Hearing loss increases the risk for dementia three ways: 1. Hearing loss leads to social isolation, a know risk factor for dementia. 2. Hearing loss shifts cognitive load: the brain steals energy needed for memory and thinking to compensate for hearing loss. 3. Hearing loss is proven to accelerate brain atrophy or shrinkage.

Hearing loss impacts our physical and mental health

Hearing loss also plays a significant role in our physical and mental well-being — with a growing body of research linking hearing loss to dementia and cognitive decline. When we hear our best, it’s easy to stay engaged and alert and active.

When hearing is impaired, our sense of space shrinks, warning cues get missed, and we withdraw from social activities or situations. This leaves our physical and mental health vulnerable.

  • Adults with hearing loss are up to 5 times more likely to develop dementia1
  • Hearing loss is linked to a three-fold risk of falling2
  • Accidental injuries are up to 50 percent more likely for people with hearing loss3

1. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
2. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
3. Source: JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Hearing loss impacts everyday life

More than anything else, hearing keeps us connected to the world around us. Whether it’s communicating with friends and family, interacting with colleagues, enjoying a recital, movie or TV show, or waking up to birds singing outside your window, when you hear better, you simply live better.

But when hearing is impaired, those connections, interactions and moments can be muted and strained, which has an impact on our quality of life.

  • Missing a grandchild’s first words or a family dinner story
  • Feeling left out of a conversation or a good joke
  • Limiting once-fun social activities
  • Feeling less independent, less confident and less secure
  • Frustrating loved ones with constant requests to repeat what was said
  • Not living life to the fullest because hearing loss is holding you back
Hearing aid users report significant improvements in their relationships at home, their sense of independence and their social life. 8 out of 10 said having hearing aids improves their quality of life.

Why is it important to improve your hearing?

Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve4:

  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Earning power
  • Sense of control over your life
  • Social participation
  • Emotional stability

4. Source: Better Hearing Institute

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