Hearing Loss, Loneliness, and the Importance of Staying Connected

by | Oct 19, 2023 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Your hearing is more important than you might realize, and at Audicles Hearing Services, a pillar of auditory care in San Antonio since 1944, we understand the deeper impacts of hearing loss that often go unnoticed.

It’s not just about missing a few sounds here and there—it’s about something bigger and more fundamental to our well-being: our connections with the people around us.

A Problem That’s Bigger Than We Realize

Recent studies have opened our eyes to a major issue—social isolation and loneliness can seriously impact our health. One comprehensive study, which looked at 90 different pieces of research and over two million adults, found some concerning facts.

People who are socially isolated have a 32 percent higher chance of dying prematurely. Those who experience loneliness? They’re facing a 14 percent higher risk.

Why Hearing Matters in Staying Connected

So, how does hearing loss fit into this? When we struggle to hear, socializing becomes hard. Conversations can feel like a struggle, and it’s all too easy to start withdrawing from gatherings and interactions because it feels simpler and less stressful.

But that social withdrawal? It can lead to loneliness and social isolation, which we now know is really harmful to our health. This dangerous cycle showcases how fundamental our hearing is to our overall quality of life.

The Stress Link

The study further explains that loneliness and being socially isolated aren’t just emotionally painful—they are also chronic stressors. They constantly pump stress hormones through our body, which, over time, can start to affect our health negatively. This isn’t just a passing problem; it’s a continuous one, and it needs our attention.

The Audicles Mission

We’ve seen firsthand at Audicles Hearing Services the difference addressing hearing loss can make to people’s lives. This is more than just our job—it’s our mission. We understand how deeply hearing loss can affect your life and relationships, and that’s why we’re here to help guide you through improving your hearing health.

It’s Time to Take a Step Forward

This is a call to action—not just to those experiencing hearing issues, but also to those who have friends or family members who are showing signs of hearing loss. Don’t wait. Regular hearing checkups are a key part of managing your overall health and ensuring you stay connected with your loved ones.

We’re here to assist and guide you. Appointments for new patients are available, and you can reach us at (210) 820-0525 to schedule a visit that suits you.

Or, if you prefer, click here to visit our contact page and a member of our friendly team will be in touch to assist you with any questions and help you set up an appointment.

Your hearing is crucial—for your health, your relationships, and your quality of life. So let’s work together to ensure you’re hearing at your best and staying connected with the important people in your life.

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.