According to the UN, over 5% of the world’s population which accounts for about 360 million people suffer from hearing loss. Out of them as many as 32 million are children. There are other studies which show that about 6.30% of the Indian populations suffer from some sort of hearing and speech impairment. This includes about 5 million children. Further with the increase in noise pollution and other factors noise induced hearing loss is rising rapidly as well.
Hearing loss often remains ignored by many
We often tend to take our hearing for granted. This is one of the main reasons why the problem is not noticed by many. Thus we ignore the problem and it remains undetected and therefore untreated. However this negligence can often becomes fatal. The loss of hearing ability in many cases may not get restored at all if ignored early. The problem of hearing loss has various adversities over time. These are mainly psychological in nature. Let us see what they are.
What hearing loss could lead to?
Anxiety levels may get heightened
If you are suffering from hearing loss then you can expose yourself to various kinds of risks. This is especially when you step out of your home. With a hearing problem you may not be able to hear blowing horns, sirens, etc. So you might have heightened anxiety levels and may suffer from great mental agony as a result.
Feeling of social isolation
With a problem in hearing you may not be at all comfortable at social gatherings and functions. This is because you may not be able to follow what others are saying or discussing. So as a result you may have a feeling of being left out. You may not be able to actively participate at discussions as a result. To save yourself from this embarrassment you may want to skip such types of occasions are a result. With untreated hearing loss the overall problem can only worsen.
Lack of self confidence and low self belief
Apart from other mental problems a recurring hearing loss problem can lead to lack of self confidence and low self esteem.
Total mental depression
If the hearing problem left untreated then with the growing psychological problems it could ultimately lead to mental depression. In fact there are studies which reveal that people in the age group of 50 years or above are more likely to suffer from depression than other of the same age not suffering from the problem.
In conclusion we can say that hearing loss apart from some physical adverse effects has many psychological effects as well. So in case of any early symptoms about any type of preliminary hearing loss, the problem needs to be detected and treated immediately. Bengal Speech is one of the leading hearing loss treatment clinics in Kolkata have all the leading audiologists to treat any type of hearing loss. To know more about our services please visit Bengal Speech!