Recently, CNN Health published an article referencing a study with some alarming statistics. The study shows that individuals who experience social isolation have a 32 percent higher risk of premature death compared to those who are not socially isolated.
- Higher risk of premature death 32% 32%
- More likely to die early 14% 14%
And individuals who feel lonely are 14 percent more likely to die early than those who do not experience loneliness.
It’s a rather shocking statement.
Based on a comprehensive meta-analysis that examined 90 studies and involved over two million adults, the study provides compelling evidence linking loneliness, social isolation, and a risk of serious health outcomes – and even premature death.
When I read this article, my mind instantly went to the connection between untreated hearing loss, loneliness, and social isolation, since they very much go hand in hand.
Did you know that left untreated, hearing loss can lead to some serious mental and physical health issues?
This is why it’s so important to treat hearing loss right away.
It’s common for people with untreated hearing loss to isolate themselves from others, since hearing loss often makes communicating with friends and loved ones a difficult task. Let’s face it, having to ask others to repeat themselves is no fun. And struggling to follow conversations can lead to frustration and social anxiety. When you’re struggling to hear the world around you, even a simple task like going to the grocery store can cause emotional distress. And sometimes, it feels easier to shut down and avoid interacting with other people.
But the study reveals that loneliness and social isolation can lead to some serious outcomes for your health. In the long term, feelings of loneliness can act as chronic stressors on the body. This chronic stress triggers the release of stress hormones, which impact the body in a negative way and can lead to disease.
The information gleaned from the study serves as a wake-up call for healthcare professionals and public health policymakers. Changes must be made to address the mental health crisis.
The study also serves as a valuable reminder that you should never delay when it comes to treating hearing loss. Left untreated, hearing loss can only worsen. And once your hearing is gone, it’s gone forever. Just as you likely get an annual physical and eye exam, you should have your hearing tested on a regular basis.
I’ve seen first-hand several cases of hearing loss that have led to loneliness and social isolation. And that’s why I am passionate about encouraging others to get their hearing tested regularly. With the proper care and treatment, we can mitigate the negative and potentially dangerous side effects of hearing loss.
If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, don’t delay. And if someone you know is beginning to lose self-confidence and isolate themself from the world around them, then encourage them to get their hearing tested. Often, these behaviours can be explained by hearing loss and are easily treated before they worsen.
If you’re ready to take the next step on your journey to better hearing health, please call us at (416) 590-9100 to schedule your comprehensive hearing assessment. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to assisting you soon!