Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’t want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can “get by” without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many people wait years, even decades, to address the effects of hearing loss before getting treatment.
Often misunderstood as a minor inconvenience, hearing loss can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, not to mention the overall quality of their health. When left untreated, according to the National Institutes of Health, hearing loss can lead to a range of other issues such as tinnitus, cognitive decline, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and/or ototoxicity, and it can also lead to heart, eye and balance complications. Time and again, research studies have demonstrated the considerable effects of hearing loss on a person’s social, psychological and cognitive well being. Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those 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.
For more information, and a descriptive illustration of how hearing affects other health issues, you may visit our website at: https://www.tustinhearingcenter.com/hearing-blog/total-body-health.