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Side Effects of Hearing Loss That You May Not be Aware of (Part I)

Friday, September 9, 2016 10:37:02 PM Australia/Melbourne

We focus so much on the symptoms and warning signs of general hearing loss, here on the Hearlink blog. We don’t want to downplay this information, rather share a broader look at what hearing loss can effect throughout your body. There are so many different areas of your life which your hearing can impact. So many in fact, that we’ve decided to split this quick reference guide into two different parts.

 

To be clear, everyone impacted by hearing loss is unique, and their experience and symptoms are unique to them. It’s like a fingerprint, no one else in the world should have the same one. While you can, and should, have conversations with family and friends about what you’re experiencing, there are no wrong answers. When in doubt, we recommend consulting one of the Hearlink team members about what you’re experiencing and potential solutions.

 

Here are some side effects of hearing loss (part one) that you should keep an eye (or an ear) on:

 

Side Effects of Hearing Loss That You May Not be Aware of (Part I)Your voice. Sounds a little odd, doesn’t it? After all, you’re so used to hearing your own voice, that you may not notice a change. If you don’t treat your hearing loss, the sound and tone of your voice may shift. Because you can’t hear others as well, you probably perceive even your own voice to be soft. Over time, your volume will increase to the point that you may be shouting. You wouldn’t realize this, unless coached that it’s caused by your hearing loss.

 

Your ability to enjoy music. Let’s be honest…how likely are you to want to enjoy a concert or a musical movie with closed captioning. A movie, at least you can follow the plot based on the words on the screen. The same cannot be said for music. You lose the small nuances like romantic whispering, the creepy violin music in horror movies which suggest that the bad character is coming, or even the sound effects of nature. After all, you don’t notice them in the real world. Why would you notice them in music or films. Your brain will adjust to this and assume it’s the new normal. Your interest will drop off over time.

 

Your vocabulary. As if vocabulary isn’t hard enough to expand on. The millennial generation alone seems to have amassed a giant vocabulary that the rest of us are playing catch-up on. But when you suffer from hearing loss, the same sounds and letters that we spent so much time learning growing up, drop. This is because these letters and sounds are linked to frequency ranges. When hearing loss means that you can’t experience the frequency ranges, your brain begins to assume that that is the norm. That means that your brain will assume certain syllables or parts of words don’t exist, in some cases- whole words altogether. Example? You might have a tougher time understanding words or terms with the letter M. Your brain will begin to omit words with M, conversely- you’ll begin to drop m’s throughout your vocabulary.

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