It is especially untreated hearing loss which can cause problems. The psychological implications of hearing loss may include everything from shame and problems concentrating to depression and low self-esteem. Physical consequences may vary from headaches and tense muscles to stress and increased blood pressure.
Population is getting older but still very active. Having 60 years old in 2020 is not like having 60 years old in 1950. It is common that, no matter our age, we continue to work, to travel, to take care of their grandchildren, to take activities as a club member…. We want to continue our social and active life as usual, without the barrier of hearing loss.
When asked, around one in ten will say they have a hearing loss, according to several surveys.
Statistically we all start to lose our hearing when we are in our 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.
Hearing loss happens to everyone, regardless of standard of living or lifestyle.
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) develops slowly and gradually, so normally we do not notice the decline in our ability to hear. Most people first experience a decline in their ability to hear high frequency sounds. Another common symptom is problem hearing in situations with background noise such as parties, social gatherings, meetings, conventions and in restaurants.
Ask yourself: When did I last hear the birds singing, the humming of the refrigerator, the beep from the microwave oven or the sound of running water? Track early signs:
· Turning up the volume on the television or radio
· Asking people to repeat themselves
· Difficulty hearing people talking from behind
· Difficulty understanding conversations over the telephone
· Not hearing the doorbell or the telephone ringing
It is important to get your hearing checked regularly. Statistics often quoted say the average person waits nearly seven years from the time when they first notice hearing loss until they seek help. In this time, the loss of hearing may take a big toll on a person’s health and relationships. At the same time, there are many negative consequences that come about when hearing loss is not treated as soon as possible, including a longer time to adapt to hearing aid we you finally start using them
The sooner you act, the better you improve your everyday life by keeping close connection with your friends, relatives and going on your favorite activities.
Visiting Hear-it.org, a non-commercial web site established to increase public awareness of hearing loss
There are a number of things you can do to help yourself maintain a normal life.
Hearing aids will make you hear better again. They will not restore the “normal hearing” of your younger years. Instead, hearing aids improve your ability to hear by intelligently using and strengthening the hearing that you still have.