Do you find yourself tired after a long day of navigating complex listening situations and conversations with multiple people? Do you feel like you have to take a break and rest on a bench in Klyde Warren Park after making a phone or video call? If so, it may be because of your untreated hearing loss.
Untreated Hearing Loss
Choosing not to treat your hearing loss affects more than just your ability to hear. A study published by the American Academy of Audiology and conducted by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) found that untreated hearing loss can be linked to depression and social isolation.
According to James Firman, EdD, president and CEO of The National Council on the Aging, “This study debunks the myth that untreated hearing loss in older persons is a harmless condition.”
The study surveyed 2,300 adults with hearing loss age 50 and above. They found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia while less likely to be involved in social activities compared to those who wore hearing aids.
Feelings of sadness and depression that lasted for two or more weeks were found to be significantly more common with seniors who did not treat their hearing loss. In addition, 42% of those who used hearing aids were found to participate in social activities, in contrast to only 32% of non-users.
Increase in Cognitive Effort
Those with hearing loss have to use extra mental energy in order to comprehend speech in noise. This is because the normal mechanisms to filter out background noise don’t work, so it requires the brain to work extra hard in order to perform the same task.
The result of this increase in effort may lead to poor work performance, trouble keeping up with others at school and fatigue.
Hearing loss can also increase stress and anxiety, as it is common to feel worn down after spending a whole day trying to follow the conversation. Missing key pieces of information or not being able to follow an important conversation can make for a stressful situation.
The best treatment option for your fatigue caused by hearing loss is the use of a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you determine the best hearing aid model for you after completing a series of tests to determine your exact type and degree of hearing loss.
Practicing meditation, yoga and breathing exercises can also help reduce stress, restore energy and increase vitality. To schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, contact Total Hearing Care of Dallas today.