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Most people understand that leading a sedentary lifestyle and smoking isn’t good for them. But did you realize there is intriguing research indicating a link between neglected hearing loss and early death?

Of course, life expectancy varies widely. This variance can be related to things like where you live, access to healthy foods, healthcare accessibility, kind of work, and even gender. But even accounting for these differences, people with untreated hearing loss seem to die earlier.

Studies Connecting Premature Death to Hearing Loss

Over a two year period, stats from more than 50,000 individuals was examined by Norwegian researchers. They cross-referenced that data with the causes of death for the examined individuals. They were able to connect an increased risk of early death to hearing loss irrespective of the cause of death.

The chance of cardiovascular death is greater for people who have hearing loss particularly if they live by themselves and there is a 21% higher morbidity for people with even mild hearing loss, according to other research.

Clarifying The Link

When scientists find a link, they never assume that one is necessarily causing the other. Rather, they attempt to establish why the connection occurs. How are the two really linked?

In this same study it was revealed that there was an increased risk in women with no kids and women and men who are divorced. This indicates that social life has an impact on longevity.

This assumption is backed by earlier studies. Data from over half a million people was assessed in a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology. It revealed that social isolation increases the risk of early death considerably.

How Does Social Stability Increase Longevity?

Connecting socially with others has numerous life-extending advantages much like a herd of elephants or a pack of wolves:

  • Physical stimulation… You’re more likely to get up and do things if you have people around.
  • Safety… If you require medical help, you will be more likely to get it quickly if there are more people around.
  • Mental stimulation… You’re engaging with others in conversation, jokes, sharing, and more.
  • Motivation… Getting up in the morning, doing new things, and looking forward to their day can be strongly motivated by having others around.
  • Support… Someone with a robust social network is more likely to ask for assistance if they require it (instead of trying to do something risky on their own).
  • Improved diet and health… Socially connected people often have greater access to healthy food and can make it to doctor’s appointments.

What is it about neglected hearing loss that takes all of this away?

Decreased Longevity And Social Isolation Can be The Consequence of Untreated Hearing Loss

You probably have a very close relationship with your loved ones. How could that be changed by hearing loss?

Have you ever been with a group of people you don’t know, who were ignoring you while talking to each other? It was most likely a lonely feeling. This is what neglected hearing loss can start to feel like. People aren’t necessarily ignoring you. The truth is, as the hearing loss progresses, it becomes more difficult to share a casual conversation with you.

You often miss parts of the conversation and that makes you feel out of the loop. Emotional and physical withdrawal, even at family events, can be the result. Going out to a restaurant with friends and attending a social club, event or hobby loses its enjoyment. Simply avoiding these kinds of scenarios becomes common. In addition, many individuals suffering from advancing hearing loss have:

  • Anxiety
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Paranoia

Social connections become even more stressful because of these.

However, in their research, the Norwegian researchers offer a positive side. They reached a very important conclusion after evaluating their research. The link between premature death and hearing loss can be disrupted by wearing hearing aids.

Wearing hearing aids helps you remain active, social, and healthier for a longer time.

This fact can be reinforced by similar research. The American Academy of Audiology carried out one such study. That study revealed that wearing hearing aids regularly had the following benefits:

  • Better relationships with family
  • Greater independence
  • Improved social life outside the home

Neglected Hearing Loss Connected to Early Death

Early death and hearing loss have a complicated connection. But when we integrate the abundance of data, a whole picture emerges. It demonstrates how hearing loss impacts health, finances, relationships, and more. So the early death connection isn’t difficult to understand.

It’s also evident that getting your hearing loss treated can counter the impact of hearing loss on every aspect of life. You can keep living an active, social and healthy life well into those advanced years.

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