A newly-published study indicates that physicians do not take hearing loss as seriously as they should. Researchers say that because of the fact that hearing loss is not properly treated patients can also experience depression and anxiety.
The research indicates that people who do not wear hearing aids are 50 percent more likely to feel depressed. Some of the main factors which lead to hearing loss include chronic exposure to loud noises and heredity. In addition previous research indicates that along with hearing loss the risk of dementia increases. Dementia is also linked with social isolation so there is no surprise that hearing loss is linked with anxiety and depression.
Psychology professor David Myers from Hope College in Michigan remarked:
Anger, frustration, depression and anxiety are all common among people who find themselves hard of hearing. Getting people to use the latest in hearing aid technology can help them regain control of their life and achieve emotional stability and even better cognitive functioning.”
Myers also explained that many people who are hard of hearing prefer to suffer in silence while battling with their hearing difficulties instead of seeking help. He talked about his own life experience saying that he himself suffers from a genetic condition which made him lose his hearing since he was only a teenager. However he did not use hearing aids before he turned 40. Like many other people who suffer from similar problems he refused to use the help of technology.
People who suffer from hearing loss and are between 20 and 69 are half as likely to use hearing aids compared to adults who are at least 70. According to the National Center for Health Statistics from the moment the first signs of hearing loss appear people wait for six years on average until they use hearing aids.
The hearing loop system is a method which proved to be very helpful for hearing loss. It functions of Wi-Fi for hearing aids because if sends sound signals directly into the cochlear implants where a device called telecoil directly receives the signals. This technology works extremely well in areas with reverberant sound which include public spaces such as convention centers that have a lot of background noise and train stations.
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