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One of the most common health issues in the world is also one of the most treatable. Hearing loss has potential impacts on 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 many of us 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. Men are more likely to experience hearing loss as compared to women.
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 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.
1. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
2. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
3. Source: JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery