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Hearing loss impacts our emotional well-being

When we hear our best, there’s nothing stopping us from enjoying the sounds of laughter, music, nature or conversations with family and friends. Hearing these sounds help make us feel connected, and undeniably make moments more memorable and life more enjoyable.

When hearing is impaired, those sounds we’ve taken for granted fade — leading to many changes that impact us emotionally.

Hearing loss increases the risk for dementia three ways:

Hearing loss increases the risk for dementia three ways: 1. Hearing loss leads to social isolation, a know risk factor for dementia. 2. Hearing loss shifts cognitive load: the brain steals energy needed for memory and thinking to compensate for hearing loss. 3. Hearing loss is proven to accelerate brain atrophy or shrinkage.

1.  Source: The Lancet Commissions
2.  Source: Frontiers in Psychology
3.  Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Hearing loss impacts our physical and mental health

Hearing loss plays a significant role in our physical and mental well-being — with research linking hearing loss to dementia and cognitive decline. When we hear our best, it’s easy to stay engaged and alert and active.

When hearing is impaired, our sense of our surroundings shrinks, warning cues get missed, and we withdraw from social activities or situations. This leaves our physical and mental health vulnerable.

4. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
5. Source: John Hopkins Medicine
6. Source: JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Hearing loss impacts everyday life

More than anything else, hearing keeps us connected to the world around us. Whether it’s communicating with friends and family, interacting with co-workers, enjoying music, movies or TV, or waking up to the sound of nature outside your window — when you hear better, you simply live better.

But when hearing is impaired, those connections, interactions and moments can be muted and strained, which has an impact on our quality of life.

Hearing aid users report significant improvements in their relationships at home, their sense of independence and their social life. 8 out of 10 said having hearing aids improves their quality of life.

*Statistics listed above pulled from 2017 WebMD Healthcare Professionals and Hearing Aid Wearer Study commissioned by Starkey Hearing Technologies. WebMD does not endorse any products or services.