Hearing loss can have a significant effect on your quality of life. Among older adults with hearing loss, commonly reported problems include:
- An often false sense that others are angry with you
Unfortunately, most people affected by hearing loss live with these difficulties for years before seeking treatment — or never seek treatment at all. This also may cause lasting problems for those who love you, if you try to cope by denying your hearing loss or withdrawing from social interactions.
Benefits of treatment
Getting treatment can improve your quality of life dramatically. People who use hearing aids report these benefits:
- Greater self-confidence
- Closer relationships with loved ones
- Improved outlook on life, overall
Family and friends of people who have begun using a hearing aid are even more likely to report these improvements in shared quality of life.
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