Unfortunately, almost all of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our life. But for someone who has a hearing loss, feelings of anxiety can become a daily occurrence. Why can hearing loss can lead to feelings of anxiety, and what can be done to help?
Why Hearing Loss can make us Anxious
When you have a hearing loss, your brain has to work extra hard to follow a conversation. It can be like trying to put together a puzzle with several pieces missing – you may be able to tell somewhat what the picture is, but it will take you longer and be very frustrating. Because it is much harder to follow a conversation, anxiety levels may rise. Not only that, but you may feel fatigued from the strain of trying to listen.
Having a hearing loss not only disconnects us from our conversations with others, but it can also impact our safety. If we are unable to hear warning sounds, we may be putting ourselves in danger. The concern of missing an important warning signal can lead to increased feelings of anxiety.
Feel Better by Hearing Better
By addressing your hearing loss with a hearing aid, you may feel your anxiety levels decrease. As your brain can pick up sound easier, you no longer have to work extra hard when conversing with someone. You can enjoy a conversation, without feeling mentally drained. You may even feel more inclined to participate in things your hearing loss has caused you to withdraw from, such as social events or clubs.
You may feel safer knowing you will be able to hear an important warning signal. Not only that, but some hearing aids even have features such as fall or alerts, or reminders. For those living alone who suffer from anxiety, the fall alert feature can be beneficial as it allows you the assurance that if you need help, someone will be notified. The reminders feature can remind you of appointments, take medication, and even exercise and drink water. For many people who feel overwhelmed by anxiety, this feature can be a helpful tool.
The idea of getting a hearing aid can be daunting, but we are here to help you along the way! At Hearing Sense, we understand that hearing loss can be a cause of anxiety, so we aim to make the process of getting a hearing aid as stress-free as possible. We allow plenty of time to teach you everything you need to know about the hearing aid, as well as offer a free 30-day trial so you can see the improvement in your day to day life. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from a hearing aid, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on 8331 8047 for your free consultation and trial today!