In the past, it was generally accepted that as people age they became less outgoing and consequently less happy. But this is no longer the norm, and individuals who have overturned this image have led scientist to ask why some people are less outgoing and happy as they age. It turns out hearing impairment may have something to do with it.
Although many studies have been done that show hearing's impact on whole body health, according to an article in Science Daily, this is the first time a direct link has been established between hearing loss diminishing a person's desire to be outgoing. And since being outgoing has been shown to affect happiness this important result stresses the need for people to have their hearing tested as they age.
The finding directly linked hearing loss to the social anxiety or reluctance to seek social situations. It has been established in prior studies that a healthy social network and diverse experiences help to maintain and create a happier lifestyle. So the impact of untreated hearing loss on a person's life may be subtle, but it is now firmly established.
Knowing the importance of not only taking care of your hearing as you age, but preventing damage to your hearing is a first step in acknowledging an often neglected sense. The video below from University of Maryland Medical Center does a good job of explaining hearing loss and ways to avoid damaging it.
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University of Gothenburg. "Hearing loss affects old people's personality." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2014.