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