Consequence of Untreated Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can have a range of consequences. The implication of hearing loss differ from person to person, but most people with hearing impairment suffer some social, psychological and physical problem as a result of their hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can result into the following;

The psychological implications of hearing loss may include:

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    • Shame, guilt and anger
    • Embarrassment
    • Problems concentrating
    • Sadness or depression
    • Worry and frustration
    • Anxiety and suspiciousness
    • Insecurity
    • Self – criticism and low self –esteem / self-confidence.
    • Physical consequences are distinguish-
    • Headaches
    • Vertigo
    • Tiredness or exhaustion
    • Tense muscles to stress
    • Increased blood pressure

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Furthermore, there are also social consequences which occur as a result of untreated hearing impairment, for example:

  • Isolation and withdrawal
  • Inattentiveness
  • Bluffing
  • Distraction and lack of concentration
  • Problems participating in social life and reduced social activity
  • Problems communicating with children and grandchildren
  • Problems at work – may have to give up working / retire
  • Loss of intimacy

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