Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Personality

Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Personality

In Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Signs & Symptoms, Hearing Loss Treatment by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A
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Hearing loss affects everyone differently. No two people are alike, and each of us has unique responses to the events and situations we encounter each and every day. Our response to hearing loss is also unique. Some individuals may notice changes in their personality or mood, and others may not feel all that different. However, one thing stays the same – hearing loss makes it hard to communicate with your family and friends.

Here’s how hearing loss can affect your personality.

Hearing Loss Disrupts Communication

Hearing loss makes it much harder to communicate. This invisible disability can shut you off from the world around you, leaving you feeling isolated and alone. Hearing loss makes it difficult to have conversations with loved ones and you lose many moments of connection. For example, rather than having a friendly conversation with your family over breakfast, you may avoid frustrating miscommunications by reading the paper or scrolling through your news feed. 

A lack of connection has a profound impact on your life. In fact, it’s this loneliness and isolation that likely have the most effect on your personality. 

Hearing Loss and Personality Changes in Children

Adults who develop hearing loss later in life have spent years cultivating their personality in a huge range of settings. Children, on the other hand, are just starting to learn about the world and themselves.

Hearing loss in kids can have a huge impact on their personality. Hearing loss makes it much harder to communicate with friends, teachers, and family members. Children may have a harder time learning in school, act out when they can’t understand, or have difficulty keeping up with all the social learning that happens early in life. 

Having hearing loss doesn’t mean that a child’s personality will change. But it does mean that hearing loss may have a big impact on their personality development. Untreated hearing loss in kids can lead to personality traits such as low self-esteem, introversion, shyness, or even depression. Children with hearing loss are also more likely to have some behavioral problems as they struggle to interact with the world around them.

Hearing Loss and Personality Changes in Adults

For adults with hearing loss, the biggest changes have to do with social interactions. Adults with hearing loss will have a harder time following conversations and connecting with family and friends. They may feel isolated and lonely or feel as though no one understands what they’re going through.

Some personality changes that are associated with hearing loss in adults include increased frustration and irritation, anger, social withdrawal, depression, and fatigue. 

For adults, hearing loss can be a very disorienting experience. They have a family, a job, and a social life that doesn’t incorporate their hearing loss. Adults have to renegotiate how they communicate at work and with family and friends. This can be a steep learning curve, and can affect personality in a big way. In fact, many adults may go through the five stages of grief as they come to terms with their hearing loss. These steps include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance.

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps

Treating hearing loss is often the best thing you can do for your overall health and wellbeing. It’s also a way to get your personality back. When you’re able to hear and communicate easily, you can be the life of the party again! You’ll be able to hear all the jokes, laugh at the right times, and stop asking friends to repeat themselves.

Treating hearing loss can affect your personality as well. While you were living with untreated hearing loss, you may have felt socially isolated, pulled back during social gatherings, and dealt with depression. Treating hearing loss can throw open the doors to the rest of the world. You can gain new-found confidence in yourself and enjoy spending time with the people you love. You may stop feeling so irritated and annoyed and develop a greater sense of calm.

Hearing Aids That Fit Your Life

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