Hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression.
There are several likely reasons why. Communication, which is vital to social interaction, becomes a source of stress when someone has to strain to hear others speak or ask others to repeat themselves and misunderstandings can become embarrassing. After a while, people with an untreated hearing loss may start to avoid certain social situations such as crowded restaurants, parties or large gatherings. Withdrawl tends to progress until eventually a person can become isolated or limited in their interactions which is a known contributor for depression.
Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with Type 2 diabetes compared to those without the disease. Evidence suggests that diabetes may lead to sensorineural hearing loss by damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear.
Increased Risk of Falling
Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to a 3 times increase in risk of falls- even with a mild hearing loss (25-decibel) compared to those with no hearing loss. Hearing loss decreases awareness of the surrounding environment and increases cognitive load (like we explained last week). The brain can become overtaxed with demands on its resources to maintain balance and gait while straining to hear and process incoming sounds.
Cerebro and Cardiovascular Disorders
Research shows that hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond. Poor cardiovascular health causes inadequate blood flow and blood vessel trauma to the inner ear. The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that hearing loss, particularly at the lower frequencies, may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.
*At AHS we strive to keep up with the latest research and apply it as we customize a plan for better hearing and a healthier lifestyle for each patient. We also keep your physicians informed of your ongoing hearing profile and treatment plan.
*At Advanced Hearing Solutions of Greenville (AHS), our philosophy is, by educating our patients about hearing and hearing loss, we enable them to make better decisions and choices in regards to their personal hearing health. We partner with our patients to create a personalized plan based on their needs, preferences and lifestyles. We offer complimentary screenings, evening and weekend hours, special financing and no high pressure sales tactics.