Effects of hearing loss

When somebody you know may be suffering from untreated hearing loss, you will probably also notice changes in his/her social behaviour, just like there will be a number of psychological effects.

Typically, not all of them will occur and some will be more evident than others.

Social effects

  • The person withdraws from his/her surroundings
  • The 'personality' changes
  • Conversations become shorter, less frequent, less spontaneous and less personal
  • The person has become less attentive and/or avoids social gatherings and noisy surroundings
  • Reduced social contact and less social and physical activity
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Problems at work
  • Sexual problems

Common psychological consequences

  • Shame, guilt and anger
  • Embarrassment
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sadness or depression
  • Worry and frustration
  • Anxiety and suspiciousness
  • Insecurity
  • Self-criticism and low self-confidence

Untreated hearing loss can also make the person irritable and less tolerant towards other people. Some may even become paranoid.