The holiday season is usually a joyous time, when family and friends take pleasure from being in each other's company, but for people with hearing loss, this festive occasion isn't so positive. Untreated hearing loss can not only affect a person's ability to perceive sound, it can also have knock-on effects regarding their social interactions and emotional well-being.
Let's take a closer look at hearing loss and how you can combat the holiday blues.
Hidden holiday hearing loss
According to the Hearing Care Industry Association, it can take up to seven years, on average, for a person to seek treatment for their hearing condition*. Furthermore, in Australia, only one in four people with hearing loss use a hearing aid*.
Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss has been linked with both social isolation and depression*. This could be inflamed by the holiday season when people with hearing loss may choose to withdraw from usually happy social gatherings, where it could be difficult to keep up with conversations.
"The holiday season is meant to be a time of thanks, celebration and joy" .
"But for many people, it is a time of year when unaddressed hearing loss can cause them to feel particularly isolated and depressed. Even when surrounded by loved ones, a family member's impaired ability to hear and actively participate in conversation cuts them off," says executive director of the Better Hearing Institute Dr Sergei Kochkin
Fortunately, help is available for anyone living with hidden hearing loss. Even if you or a loved one have never had a hearing device fitted before, now is the time to take action, before you miss out on the wonderful reunions this month can bring.
If you think or someone you know could be struggling with hearing loss, you may want to talk to an audiologist in time for the holiday season. You can click here or call 1800 340 631 to request a hearing check with your local Audika clinic.