A recent article in HealthyHearing.com discusses the relationship between depression and hearing loss, and one of he most important points made in the article is that treating hearing loss early on can minimize the risk of depression. Hearing loss and the tendency to withdraw go hand-in-hand, and early diagnosis and treatment of adult onset hearing loss can be vital in helping individuals maintain their independence and relationships.
The cognitive effects of hearing loss are complex, but one of the biggest reasons for cognitive decline in individuals with hearing loss is isolation and lack of social stimulation. Additionally, those who withdraw from social situations suffer as their friendships and close family relationships begin to deteriorate.
Treating hearing loss IS definitely a financial investment, but when weighed against the VALUE of maintaining independence and inclusion, the benefits far outweigh the cost. With continued advancement in bluetooth technologies, hearing apps, advanced technology in hearing aids, and more venues, churches, hospitals, and places of business installing hearing loops, it IS possible to stay active and involved despite the challenges of hearing loss.
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