Hearing Loss and how it affects the Quality of Life


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The loss of hearing has such a huge impact on a person and how he relates to other people. The loss of hearing is apparent in older individuals. But it could also happen due to an unfortunate accident that damages the sense of hearing. In either case, it is a problem that has to be dealt with accordingly.

People who are experiencing the loss of their hearing need support and attention. This is a life shattering ordeal they are going through. The suffering is going to be more bearable if they feel they are not alone in the battle.

The quality of life for an individual suffering from hearing loss is definitely affected in many ways. Here are just few things a person could feel amidst hearing loss:

1. People with hearing problems tend to be socially isolated. Because these people feel they are less understood and less wanted they are likely to confine themselves inside their own comfort zones. They talk less and less each day, even to the people they love. They are usually seen inside their rooms, mostly doing nothing. They do not want to attend social gatherings any longer. They always prefer to be alone.

2. People with hearing problems are more prone to psychological problems. Studies show that people who are losing their hearing are in a higher risk of contracting psychological problems. This is because as they tend to experience isolation, they begin to think negative thoughts changing their perceptions of the world around them. They begin falling into a state of self pity for because they can no longer do the things they usually do.

3. People with hearing problems become lonely. If you compare the emotional status of the person before he contracted hearing problems, you will notice that he is sadder and more forlorn now than before. It is hard for a person who is feeling difficulties within his bodily system to be happy.

4. People with hearing problems tend to change their overall behavior. There are some people who become ill-tempered as they begin to lose their hearing. Some begin to withdraw into a web of depression. Others may cast their families and friends away.

These are just some of the common reactions of people who are feeling the weight of hearing loss. Not everyone may have a similar reaction. But the main thing is that these people tend to change their everyday way of living, usually for the worse. These are their personal responses to the problem they are facing.

5. People with problems in hearing have problems in talking too. As people begin to feel the difficulty to hear, they are also finding it harder to communicate. They feel less comfortable talking because they do not know for sure that they are being understood.

Further, those with a higher degree of hearing loss may not be confident enough that they are speaking the right words, because they cannot hear themselves anymore. Our lives involve a daily face-to-face communication. That is the reality. We cannot go through the rest of our days without feeling the need to communicate.

6. People with hearing loss could have problems with their jobs and other similar aspects. The people who are losing their sense of hearing may find it difficult to perform their jobs and their daily tasks. As a result, they perform less and they begin to make errors. Their work performance is affected thus making them lose their job altogether or settle for an early retirement instead.

Some degree of hearing loss is almost a certainty. Not everyone will experience it just because we age, but many will as they get older. It cannot be helped, no matter how we wish it not to happen. It is inevitable and we just have to accept that.

That is also the reason why we should all be more tolerant and supportive of people who are in a stage of losing their hearing abilities. Science is always coming up with ways to counter the problem.

What are Ear & hearing loss problems ?
Your ear is divided into three major components: the inner ear, the middle ear, and the outer ear. The outer ear is what is physically seen in our bodies. The ear canal is the path where the sound waves pass through.

It is also seen from the outside. The ear canal acts like a funnel catching the sound waves and lead them to the eardrum.

The middle ear is where the eardrum is located. It is actually a small space inside the ear filled with air. In the middle ear, there are three tiny bones. Collectively, they are called the ossicles.

Individually, there are the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. From the outer ear, sound is directed to the eardrum. Now on the eardrum, these bones move in tune with the sound that passes on the vibration toward a much smaller part of the ear, the cochlea.

The cochlea is already part of the inner ear. It has fluid in it, which, in turn, moves the hairs on the outside of the cells. Several of these hair cells create an electrical impulse that is send with the auditory nerve directly to the brain.
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