Question: How does treating hearing loss help with stress?
Answer: Coping with hearing loss is more stressful than you may realize. When you’re straining to hear, you can sometimes watch the face and mouth of the person talking. The struggle is even greater when you look away; you might not understand. You become auditorily fatigued from trying your best to hear and understand, especially in background noise. You become mentally fatigued from the strain of trying to understand words you cannot hear well. By the end of the day, you are much more stressed from simply trying to communicate. Even with just a mild untreated hearing loss, mental load increases, thereby producing stress. Easing stress might be as simple as utilizing hearing aids recommended by a doctor who will ensure appropriate fit and programming.