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How Hearing Affects Your Overall Health

What Hearing Loss Means for Your Overall Health

For many of us, maintaining our health is a constant priority. Regular checkups, activity, and a healthy diet all contribute to our overall being, but how does hearing impact our health? Hearing loss affects many of us and our loved ones, so it’s important to know how it can affect you.

Communication Problems

Communicating with friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers is an integral part of our daily lives. We have to communicate to understand important details regarding our life as well as just to feel connected and understood. When it becomes harder to hear, you can miss out on important conversations. It can make understanding your relationships and surroundings more difficult. You may also miss out on important safety plans and alerts in emergency situations.

Mental Health Concerns

For a variety of reasons, hearing loss can cause anxiety and depression. Beginning with the decline in your communication, the feelings of isolation and being misunderstood can make you feel depressed. You may notice yourself starting to withdraw. You might also feel health anxiety over your hearing loss, especially when you’re unsure of the underlying cause.

There is a stigma surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids. Some people are concerned it makes them seem older than they are, but hearing loss occurs to people of all ages for different reasons. Treating your hearing loss by any means, including hearing aids, only means that you’re taking charge of your health. You’re preventing risks for a number of different health issues.

Dementia and Memory Problems

Studies have shown that cognitive decline may occur earlier in people with untreated hearing loss than in people without it. It has also been shown that people with untreated hearing loss are at an increased risk of developing dementia in their lifetime. Before developing cognitive issues, you might notice problems with your memory. As your brain becomes more stressed trying to hear and understand things, it does not have as much capacity to commit the details to your memory.

Dealing with hearing loss can put a lot of stress on you and your loved ones, but if you act soon after recognizing symptoms, you can keep yourself healthier for longer. Even if you’ve experienced hearing loss for years, you can still treat your hearing loss and improve your overall health.

Make sure you’re taking care of your hearing health. Contact our office to schedule a hearing test today.

Nassau County

Garden City

1100 Franklin Avenue

#300

Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: (516) 248-0068

Massapequa

20 Hicksville Road

#3

Massapequa, NY 11758

Phone: (516) 308-7737

Bethpage

4045 Hempstead Tpk.

#202

Bethpage, NY 11714

Phone: (516) 396-1017

Lake Success

2 Ohio Dr.

#200

Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: (516) 622-3387

Great Neck

225 Community Drive

#120

Great Neck, NY 11020

Phone: (516) 466-0206

Syosset

485 Underhill Blvd.

#305

Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 588-9196

 

 

 

Suffolk County

Nesconset

57 Southern Blvd.

#4

Nesconset, NY 11767

Phone: (631) 238-5785

Port Jefferson Station

1500 Route 112

Bldg 6 - Suite H

Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Phone: (631) 928-4599

Commack

6080 Jericho Tpk.

#208

Commack, NY 11725

Phone: (631) 486-9430

Wading River

5964 Route 25A

Wading River, NY 11792

Phone: (631) 886-2770

West Islip

510 Montauk Hwy

Suite H

West Islip, NY 11795

Phone: (631) 332-3274