Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014

Hearing Health Contributes to Happiness as People Age

Elderly couple kisses to celebrate hearing and happiness.

The evidence surrounding the importance of good hearing health continues to rise. Recent research indicates that personality changes that sometimes come with aging are increased among people who have issues with their hearing.

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. 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.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

University of Gothenburg. "Hearing loss affects old people's personality." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2014. .

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