You may be aware that you don't hear quite as well as you used to. Maybe it’s hard to hear one person talking when there is a lot of background noise, or maybe the TV volume is too loud for others in your family. Whatever your situation, it is important that you not ignore the hearing loss and continue to compensate for what you are not hearing. Gradual hearing loss that goes uncorrected can lead to social and other health problems.
Why People Don’t Seek Help
Many people ignore the signs of hearing loss because they fear seeing a doctor or think a hearing aid will make them look old. People have many concerns when it comes to getting help for hearing loss, but what they should be concerned about is what will happen to their health and social lives if they don’t correct it.
Consequences of Uncorrected Hearing Loss
People of all ages can experience hearing loss. The consequences for not correcting the loss will differ depending on your age or stage of life. From learning and developmental delays to social isolation and depression, uncorrected hearing loss has serious consequences, including the following:
Irritability and unjustified anger
Fatigue, stress, and depression
Withdrawal from social situations
Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
Reduced job performance and earning power
Diminished psychological and overall health
In addition to these effects, children can also experience delays in language development, learning difficulties, and poor interpersonal skills. For most people, as soon as the hearing problems are addressed, these cognitive, psychological, and social issues can be easily reversed. Others may require counseling or therapy to feel normal again. Either way, the first step is to get your hearing tested and check out the many hearing aid options available to you.
Professional Hearing Care Center Understands Your Concerns
If you have been struggling with issues related to your hearing loss, schedule a free hearing screening at our Lakeland, FL, office today. We understand your fears and concerns and will take the time to explain your options and the benefits you will experience when you can once again hear like you used to. Fill out the Get Help Now form on this page to get started. We are here to help!