Beat the hearing loss holiday blues with HEARINGLife
Posted on Dec 9, 2015
The holiday season is usually a joyous time, when family and friends take pleasure from being in each other's company, but for people with hearing loss, this festive occasion isn't so positive. Untreated hearing loss can not only affect a person's ability to perceive sound, it can also have knock-on effects regarding their social interactions and emotional well-being.
Let's take a closer look at hearing loss and how you can combat the holiday blues.
Hidden holiday hearing loss
According to the Hearing Care Industry Association, it can take up to seven years, on average, for a person to seek treatment for their hearing condition1. Furthermore, in Australia, only one in four people with hearing loss use a hearing aid1.
Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss has been linked with both social isolation and depression2. This could be inflamed by the holiday season when people with hearing loss may choose to withdraw from usually happy social gatherings, where it could be difficult to keep up with conversations.
"The holiday season is meant to be a time of thanks, celebration and joy," says executive director of the Better Hearing Institute Dr Sergei Kochkin.
"But for many people, it is a time of year when unaddressed hearing loss can cause them to feel particularly isolated and depressed. Even when surrounded by loved ones, a family member's impaired ability to hear and actively participate in conversation cuts them off."
Fortunately, help is available for anyone living with hidden hearing loss. Even if you or a loved one have never had a hearing device fitted before, now is the time to take action, before you miss out on the wonderful reunions this month can bring.
If you think or someone you know could be struggling with hearing loss, you may want to talk to an audiologist in time for the holiday season. You can click here or call 1800 325 917 to request a no cost* hearing check with your local HEARINGLife clinic.
1HCIA, The facts about Hearing Health in Australia. Accessed December 2, 2015.
2American American Academy of Audiology, Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors. Accessed December 2, 2015.
3Healthy Hearing, Hearing loss and the holiday blues. Accessed December 2, 2015.