What happens when we don’t hear well anymore is clear. Bad things happen.
We think we’re doing ok, by asking people to repeat, speak up, or faking that we understand, but we don’t. Think how this diminishes our humanity! Often people will withdraw and pretend it really doesn’t matter. It does! It’s just how they are coping with it. But it’s extremely unhealthy to leave hearing loss untreated. Consider these statistics.
With untreated hearing loss, loneliness is one of the greatest harms that comes from hearing loss. We don’t engage anymore because we can’t without great effort! Effort you don’t even realize you’re making. You get embarrassed by not hearing correctly, or people have gotten mad at you or you are afraid someone will know you can’t hear, so you don’t engage others any more. Loneliness is a huge factor, “research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death” read more www.Nia.Nih.Gov/news/social-isolation. People think there’s shame in not being able to hear well, so you stop listening one way or another. Did you know that some patients did not want to call for a doctor with COVID-19 because they were ashamed they were sick! Human nature folks!