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Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

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Are you the type of person who loves to stay active and social? Do you have a social life where you mix with friends and family often? Perhaps go out to concerts, enjoy eating in busy restaurants or generally being involved in a conversation with more than one person. These are the things that we can live for, but if you start to notice a change in your hearing, it can often affect the areas of our lives that we enjoy the most. 

Your hearing is one of the most important senses that you have. Especially when it comes to connecting with others, however, to lose your hearing, or to notice any decline in how well you can hear, means that those social interactions can become less and less. So, what can you do about it? Treating hearing loss and getting some advice from an audiologist is often the first step to take. But how does treating hearing loss help you to stay socially connected? Here are a few things to consider. 

The situations socially that can be affected by hearing loss

There are several different situations that can be affected by hearing loss when it comes to social interactions. It is worth mentioning some of the most common ones to help you to determine whether you have been affected in these situations. These include:

  • Struggling to stay within a conversation with more than one person speaking.
  • Not being able to hear clearly when in a noisy environment like a concert, sports match or a busy restaurant. 
  • Asking people to repeat themselves more frequently.

How can hearing loss in social interactions make you feel?

While you may start to notice things within your social interactions and how you stay socially connected, being affected by your hearing loss. There are also other things that can be determined from the experience of hearing loss to do with these social connections. With that in mind, here are some of the common repercussions. 

Anxiety 

Hearing loss can mean you struggle in various different social environments, and because of this, it can cause you to feel anxious. It isn’t just about worrying about how you come across in a conversation or the opinion someone may have because you ask them to repeat themselves. It is also about the workplace and with your loved ones. As you start to worry about your social interactions, this can easily turn into creating anxiety around it. You do not want to put yourself in the situation and also feel symptoms of anxiety, including breathlessness, nausea, worry and nerves. Treating hearing loss can help you to increase your confidence in these situations once more. |

Feeling isolated socially 

Another feeling you might notice is the feelings of isolation. As you may start to withdraw from social connections and interactions because you are experiencing hearing loss, you may start to feel isolated and alone. Many people will notice that they prefer not to be put in that position where they may feel embarrassed or an inconvenience. So will choose to stay away. But this then withdraws you from the things that you loved. Treating hearing loss will help you to feel confident in social situations as you once used to be. 

Depression 

Another thing to be mindful of is the feeling of anxiety and isolation turning into something more deeper such as feelings of depression. This is where you feel sad and upset, unhappy and frustrated with the quality of life you might be living. Choosing not to treat hearing loss withdraws you from the things you want and the feelings of accomplishment in environments you once thrived in. It is essential to get treated rather than let feelings like this fester into something more concerning. 

This is why it is so important for you to keep up with the things that you love and seek help and guidance if hearing is causing you to not feel as happy as you would do normally. 

It is hard to understand the moment you start to lose your hearing, or it isn’t as strong as it once was. It can be such a gradual process. However, there are signs to look out for, including asking someone to repeat themselves, feeling uncomfortable in situations you once thrived in, and also noticing change in your behavior. If you do start to notice these things, you could speak with an audiologist to get some advice on what you can do to improve the situation. To learn more about Stanwood Hearing, call us at 360-502-4644.