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How does hearing loss affect your quality of life?

Hearing and quality of life are closely linked. Poor hearing affects both the person with the loss and those with whom they communicate. A comprehensive study conducted in the USA on the effects of untreated hearing loss on adults as well as their families found that hearing loss impacts on our social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

People with hearing impairment can experience:

  • embarrassment
  • loss of confidence
  • irritability and anger
  • depression
  • feeling of being ignored
  • dependence on others
  • withdrawal, isolation and loneliness
  • exclusion from family and social activities
  • tiredness.

Other people, such as family members and close friends, may find themselves:

  • talking for the other person
  • continually having to explain or interpret
  • sacrificing some activities (e.g. theatre, parties)
  • making assumptions about what the person with hearing loss thinks or needs
  • frustrated
  • embarrassed in company
  • tired.

These effects mean that hearing loss can place very real strains on relationships. Impaired hearing results in a distorted or incomplete communication and this can lead to greater isolation and withdrawal and the individual’s social life may become restricted.

Mater Health and Wellness offers professional counselling for living well with hearing loss. These sessions, conducted by an Occupational Therapist who is experienced in working with hearing loss and the associated psychosocial factors, can assist to:

  • improve interpersonal relationships
  • improve health
  • enhance social activity
  • reduce discrimination against the person with the hearing loss
  • minimise anger and frustration
  • lower the incidence of depression.

You may be eligible for Medicare funding for these sessions through the Better Access to Mental Health Plan (Focused Psychological Strategies). Please consult with your general practitioner to enquire if you are eligible for a rebate.

Mater Health and Wellness also offers Audiology services to thoroughly assess your hearing loss and to ensure that your hearing loss is managed appropriately. For more information visit our website wellness.mater.org.au or phone our friendly reception staff on 3163 6000.

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