Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

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Hearing loss can impact the ability to socialize and communicate. Treating hearing loss provides an array of benefits for mental and physical wellbeing, providing valuable opportunities to interact and engage with others and helping people to stay connected. In this guide, we’ll explore the role treatments play in preventing isolation and bringing people together. 

How does hearing loss impact socialization?

Hearing loss has a diverse range of effects. People who experience hearing loss are unable to enjoy activities like listening to music and hearing birdsong, but crucially, hearing loss also impacts communication and social relationships. 

If you find it hard to keep track in conversations, you struggle to hear people when you talk on the phone or you find it awkward when you can’t hear what assistants are saying at the store, it’s natural to start feeling anxious about engaging in conversation with others. You might find that you become more isolated, you spend more time at home and you lose touch with people you would normally speak to on the phone or video call.

It may also become more difficult to join community groups or take up new hobbies and you may become quieter at work, especially in meetings and interactive activities. 

Hearing loss can make it more difficult to communicate with people, but it can also affect confidence. A lack of confidence can hold you back, and you may be more reluctant to speak up in meetings, to talk to people you’ve never met before or to take up hobbies or get involved in social activities. 

Treating hearing loss to stay socially connected

Treating hearing loss improves hearing, enabling people to detect and process sounds and noises they would ordinarily miss. Treating hearing loss is beneficial for safety and general wellbeing, but it also provides opportunities to stay connected. Hearing aids offer a solution for many people who experience hearing loss.

These innovative devices pick up and amplify sounds, making it easier to hear. One of the most significant benefits of treating and managing hearing loss is encouraging and facilitating communication. 

If you can hear people talking when you have your hearing aids in, this can make all the difference whether you’re at work, you’re meeting friends and family or you’re joining new groups or clubs. You can engage in conversation freely and you’ll feel more confident in your ability to interact with others. You can also talk and listen without worrying about missing words or entire sentences and you can actively reach out to people without feeling anxious about being able to hear them or asking them to repeat themselves. 

Using hearing aids also enables a more diverse range of communication methods, which is particularly important during the pandemic when it’s not always possible to see people face-to-face. Talking on the phone, for example, is notoriously difficult when you have hearing loss. Treating hearing loss makes speaking on the phone and talking video calls more enjoyable. 

As well as maintaining friendships and relationships with family members, treating hearing loss can also aid socialization by giving individuals the confidence to try new things and meet new friends through activities, dating or local groups or societies. 

How is hearing loss treated?

Treatments for hearing loss vary according to the cause and extent of hearing problems. If you experience hearing loss, and there is a treatable cause, for example, an infection, treating the infection may enable you to hear again. In many cases, hearing loss is gradual, and it is linked to aging or prolonged exposure to loud noises. If there isn’t a treatable cause, hearing aids offer a solution.

Hearing aids enable people to enjoy their surroundings and appreciate different environments and they also have incredible benefits for communication, building relationships and socialization. There are several different types of hearing aids available. An audiologist can help you decide which kind of hearing aid is best for you based on the findings of your hearing assessment, your personal preferences and your lifestyle. 

Summary

Treating hearing loss plays an integral role in enabling people to communicate and engage with others. Using hearing aids can make all the difference when it comes to striking up new friendships and staying in touch with old friends, family members and neighbors. If you have any questions about hearing aids, or you’d like to arrange an appointment with an audiologist, we have a friendly team ready and waiting to take your call. Call the Audiology & Hearing Center of Tampa at Westchase 813-962-1888 or Tampa Palms 813-374-3036.