For many, the build up to Christmas is a happy one, the days filled by reunions with family and friends. However, for people with hearing loss, it is a season that can also be the cause of considerable distress.
This is because left untreated, hearing loss can be detrimental to your social interactions and even your emotional and mental well-being. Here, we take a closer look at the challenges Christmas can bring and what you can do to combat the holiday blues.
The impact of unaddressed hearing loss is year-round
Hearing loss can make it exceeding difficult to keep up with conversations, especially when there is distracting background noise. This means that in social situations such as parties or at a restaurant, clear communication can be even more difficult, making it preferable to avoid these situations altogether.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, hearing loss has been linked to social anxiety, depression and anxiety1, only emphasising the importance of treating the condition as soon as possible.
In Australia, one in six people have hearing loss2. However, only one in four of those people actually uses a hearing aid2.
“The holiday season is meant to be a time of thanks, celebration and joy,” says the Better Hearing Institute’s 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.”3
“Oftentimes, they are left with a sense of sadness, inadequacy and emotional isolation. This is especially true when the hearing loss is either unrecognised or is being ‘hidden’ by the family member with hearing loss.”3
It’s never too late to take the first step in treating hearing loss. You can click here or call 1300 674 934 to request a no cost* hearing check-up with Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions.
1ASHA, Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults – A Growing National Epidemic. Accessed December 2, 2015.
2Hearing Care Industry Association, The facts about Hearing Health in Australia. Accessed December 2, 2015.
3Healthy Hearing, Hearing loss and the holiday blues. Accessed December 2, 2015.