Supporting A Loved One: The Relationship Between Hearing Loss And Mental Health
If you know someone who suffers from hearing loss, it is important to be there for them, even if they deal with it like a champion! Hearing loss can have an impact on mental health. Being aware of this can help you to be there for your loved one so that their positivity does not slide. If you suffer from hearing loss yourself, it is also important to be aware of the impact that this can have on your mental health so that you can become more self-aware and stay happy! With that being said, let’s take a look at the relationship between hearing loss and mental health in further detail.
The Social Impact
A lot of people can end up feeling isolated socially when they suffer with hearing loss. Even if you feel like you are making an effort to include someone, you should keep this in mind. After all, when you are suffering from something that other people are not, it is easy to feel alone, even if you are not. A lot of people suffering with hearing loss become frustrated in social situations because they cannot hear and understand. If you have noticed that your loved one has started to avoid the places, people, and activities they once enjoyed, you need to help. Simply trying to convince them to come out and have fun isn’t enough! Try and help them to get more enjoyment from these activities. Are they using the latest hearing technology? Are they due a hearing aid repair? There are so many different hearing aids and gadgets available today, and by helping your loved one to find the best solution for them you will ensure they can enjoy these social activities and occasions to the fullest.
There have been a number of different studies that have linked untreated hearing loss to cognitive decline. It is not known whether cognitive decline or even dementia can be caused because of hearing loss. However, there is certainly a higher risk of developing it if hearing loss becomes untreated. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Either way, it shows why it is important for us all to protect your hearing health and take action as soon as we suspect something may not quite be right. If you feel cognitive decline is something your loved one is experiencing, i.e. they do not think as sharp as they used to or their memory isn’t as great, you can look for ways to assist them with this – without being patronizing, of course!
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the relationship between hearing loss and mental health. If someone you know and love is suffering from any type of hearing loss, it is important to be there for them in any way you can. People do not always ask for help when they need it. In fact, some people don’t even realize they need it! Being aware of the impact hearing loss can have on the way a person feels is important in ensuring you are a supportive friend to them.