Experiencing hearing loss may not initially come across as having an impact on your life. But honestly, you rely on your hearing a lot more than you think you do and any level of hearing loss can have a detrimental effect on your life in so many ways, not just your ability to hear well or at all.
The thing with hearing is, we always expect to have it and reducing our risk of hearing loss isn’t something we are as proactive about in comparison to other health issues. But loss of hearing can negatively impact your life.
When at work, you rely on your hearing for many different things. Depending on your working environment and the job you do, a loss of hearing can result in you missing important social cues, including requests from customers or being called by colleagues. In addition to this you could find it harder to talk on the phone or follow the conversation in particularly noisy environments and before you know it you have missed important details to enable you to do your job well. Finding an audiologist such as HK Hearing Solutions will help, because if you find yourself struggling to hear in these situations, you may need to get your hearing checked.
Hearing loss in home situations can come with some easy to spot signs. Turning the TV or music louder than usual. Not being able to follow conversations or hear someone if they aren’t talking to your face can be major indicators as can a change in mood, withdrawing from social situations or a change in habits.
One fairly common aspect of hearing loss is a change in how much or where you choose to socialise. Loss of hearing can be a very isolating experience, and slowly losing touch with what is happening in the world around us can lead to feelings of isolation and possibly depression. A loss of confidence is also common as people navigate different levels of hearing loss; this is due to them having to adapt to new ways of living and accommodating the loss they are experiencing.
If you notice someone withdrawing from their usual social activities or you are doing it yourself, then getting your hearing checked and discussing your options with a qualified hearing specialist can help you to regain your hearing levels to normal or as close to normal as possible.
There is a range of different hearing aid options, and with technological advances, hearing aids are more discreet and powerful than they used to be. No one has to live with the effects of hearing loss, and making your hearing a priority, just as you would with visiting an optician or dentist, can help to not only spot the signs of hearing problems quicker but also get the right advice and treatment to help you overcome any level of hearing loss you are experiencing.