June - seniors having dinnerHearing loss is obviously a physical condition, but the emotional impact of not hearing the world around you can be just as troublesome for many people.

A hearing impairment can often lead to at least some level of isolation. How could it not? We can only hear “Oh, don’t worry about it” or “I’ll tell you later” so many times before we stop asking our friends and family members to repeat themselves.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama knows that hearing loss can lead to isolation and even depression, especially when left untreated. The good news is that coming in for a hearing evaluation and potentially getting hearing aids can go a long way in helping overcome these issues.

Those struggling mentally and emotionally with hearing loss may experience any of the following:

  • Withdrawing from outings with family and friends
  • Not taking part in conversations at gatherings
  • Changes in sleep patterns – either more or less sleep than typical
  • Shift in appetite, weight changes in either direction
  • Low energy level

In addition to professionally treating your hearing loss, having social support is an important component of emotionally handling the condition. We all need to vent sometimes and know that other people are willing to help us have better listening experiences. Confide your fears and frustrations with those closest to you and let them share in these obstacles.

Here are some other ways you can try to handle some of these “hidden” challenges of hearing loss:

  • Put yourself out there: Don’t let hearing impairment keep you from activities you enjoy. Your hobbies can help bring you closer to others through shared interests. Taking part in group outings can help you make friends and help you feel part of something.
  • Take an active role in life: Be the driver of your own life rather than waiting for something to happen. Set goals for yourself and take the steps needed to reach them – at your own pace.

For many people, hearing aids give them the confidence they’d been missing to take part in conversations and outings. Our team of audiologists and physicians are experienced in finding the right devices for your lifestyle and listening needs.

Call Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama at 334.673.7399 to discover more about our services that can help you live your best life.