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7 November 2016 at 8:21PM

Hearing Loss and Isolation: Breaking the Cycle

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Marie-Josée Paul
In: Relation d'aide

Have you ever thought about the social consequences of hearing loss? One can only imagine the frustration and helplessness felt by those suffering from sensory deprivation. Hearing loss often leads to severe psychological problems, including isolation.

A vicious circle

Many of those with hearing impairments become gradually isolated. First, they start avoiding noisy places and dinners at the restaurant. They eventually stop attending family dinners, social activities . . . some even stop leaving their own home.

Underestimated consequences

The consequences of hearing loss are underestimated both by those touched by the problem, and family and friends. Unfortunately, many prejudices still exist that leave the person feeling ashamed of his or her condition. Did you know that about 80% of people with hearing problems are not diagnosed or treated?

Fighting back against isolation

Increasing stimulation to the hearing system early on allows to maintain a maximum level of hearing and understanding of speech. It has been proven that the use of hearing aids can slow down the progression of deafness and even stabilize hearing for a long period of time. The early use of a hearing aid is essential to maintaining a good understanding of speech.

Telling Numbers

800,000 Quebeckers suffer from hearing loss and one in two aged over 70 years old live with an impairment that affects their day-to-day lives. That said, it is important to raise awareness of this problem among the population and to take the necessary steps that will help break the cycle leading to isolation.

 Various communication strategies can be used to promote understanding between those with hearing loss and their friends and family. These will be looked at in an upcoming article. Follow us on Facebook or come back to visit our website to learn more.