Treating Hearing Loss Can Help Prevent Social Anxiety In Seniors

August 16, 2017 CaptionCall 5 comments
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Keeping a healthy social life as you age is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing, but you may find that with hearing loss going out and spending time with friends and family can be a stressful event. According to research hearing loss in seniors can create social anxiety. See: http://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/caregivers-senior-hearing-loss-creates-social-anxiety

Adding stress to your life is unhealthy and can create unnecessary problems like depression. So what can you do to make sure you are staying social while not causing stress due to hearing loss?

First, seek treatment! If you have noticed that you have a hard time hearing then you need to schedule an appointment with a hearing care provider right away. The longer you wait the more likely your hearing loss may be irreversible. There are many modern devices that can help you have a stress free conversation despite hearing loss. It’s the best of both worlds!

Second, if you are going to spend time out with friends, find a place to sit with them that is free of ambient noises. The hustle and bustle of busy streets or the buzz of a radio can make it difficult to understand what is being said.

Finally, make it clear to your friends and family that you have hearing loss. Help them understand that they may want to face you when they speak.   It’s also not a good idea to yell at you from the other room. The first part of making sure people are communicating properly with you is to communicate to them what your needs are.

Above all things, don’t let hearing loss isolate you. The worst thing you can do is let it pull you away from friends and family. Take action. Rise up, take control of your hearing loss and your social life.

CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss.  CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified.  CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life

 

 

Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

 

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5 Comments on “Treating Hearing Loss Can Help Prevent Social Anxiety In Seniors

  1. This totally describes me. I have essentially lost all my hearing due to Menieres within the last 10 years. I am aided on one side only and that is helping less and less. I have given up on attending lectures, movies, concerts, plays etc. I am not sure how effective it would be to try to learn to lip read or ASL at my age. But I can see! What a blessing that is!

  2. I have a 90 percent hearing loss in both ears and wear donated aids (cannot afford new ones) that don’t work very well. I am 75 years old, without family, speak well but hear little, and live in a senior complex. I have encountered some very ugly reactions to my deafness. Seniors who are not deaf seem to think that deafness is something invented to annoy them, and react with extreme rudeness to my attempts to understand them. They feel that my being able to speak means I am lying to them about being deaf. And many wear dentures which means one cannot lip read their speech because they do not move their lips. At the local senior center, while having lunch, a woman screamed loudly down the table at me, saying in a very mean voice, “Why don’t you get some new batteries?” I have not returned again for lunch at the senior center as I am now afraid to even go there. The end result of all this is that I isolate myself totally in my apartment and just do my own thing. Yes, I have Caption Call, but never receive any calls other than telemarketers. So the phone gets little use. So I agree that deafness in seniors, particularly poor seniors without the financial means to obtain new hearing aids and who do not know sign language, are left hanging alone between the two worlds of hearing people and deaf people, with no options.

  3. I really appreciate Caption Call . This service has made my life simplified, easier and without misinterpretations.
    Life is more proactive now! Thank you so much for this out standing service. -E

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