Hearing Loss and Social Isolation in Older Adults
Treatment is Available, and it Works!
According to the National Institute on Aging, approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 suffers from hearing loss. Unfortunately, losing our ability to
hear can dramatically impact the way we interact with others and experience life.
We often find it harder to have conversations and we might not want to admit that we’re having difficulty hearing. At the very least, we’re frustrated and fatigued because it takes so much effort to hear. Because of this, we may become withdrawn and avoid social situations. Sometimes, older adults are mistakenly thought to be uncooperative or confused when the simple matter is, they just can’t hear. These communication problems can negatively affect relationships, and lead to isolation and loneliness.
A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) states that older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.
Losing our ability to hear can also put us at significantly greater risk for developing cognitive disorders such as dementia, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. In fact, hearing loss and depression in older adults go hand in hand.
One study showed that older adults with deafness were 47% more likely to experience depression symptoms. For those who already have mental health issues, hearing loss can worsen the problem.
The good news is, there are ways to help treat hearing loss. At Advanced Audiology Associates, we offer a complete line of the most advanced hearing care products from several different manufacturers, so you can be sure that you will be given the most appropriate options for your lifestyle and hearing loss. If you suspect that you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, be sure to make an appointment at one of our offices and one of our audiologists will provide you with personalized guidance and care.
For an appointment, please call one of our offices:
Yarmouth Port: 508-385-5222
Marstons Mills: 508-539-9780