Hearing loss affects one in three adults by age 65. Don’t accept a bit of hearing loss as a normal and unavoidable part of aging because not taking action can lead to consequences such as:
- Social isolation: It may not seem like a big issue now, but as time goes on, you’re likely to shy away from social situations more and more.
- Depression: Over time, this decline in social engagement can lead to feelings of depression. Cognitive decline A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found an alarming link between hearing loss and poor cognitive health.
- Physical harm: When one of your senses functions improperly, you can’t gauge your surroundings as well, putting you at risk for injury.
- Slowed financial growth: As unlikely as it sounds, research shows working adults with unaddressed hearing loss may end up making less money.
Find ways to protect your hearing or deal with hearing problems at www.nidcd.nih.gov.