Problems Caused by Hearing Loss

Hearing loss means more than simply not hearing well – people with hearing loss have reported a range of problems that have a negative effect on their lives or on the lives of people around them.


Hearing loss can also cause changes to the body’s immune system, increasing the risk of illness – working people with hearing loss tend to have more sick leave than those with normal hearing.


Health

  • Fatigue due to listening effort (e.g. in noisy surroundings)
  • Frustration, depression
  • Anger
  • Increased frequency of illness and hospital visits
  • Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • Significantly increased risk of developing dementia
  • Diminished psychological and overall health

Interpersonal

  • Misunderstandings
  • Loneliness, social isolation
  • Reduced job performance and salary
  • Impact on travel, activities with friends, events

Safety

  • Traffic
  • Alarms
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