Effects of Hearing Loss

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•A description of the effect of hearing loss on auditory perception and behavior
Studies have shown that behavior problems are found more commonly in children with hearing loss and the level of behavior problems is highest amongst those children with hearing loss with the least developed language capabilities.
Coping with hearing loss is different from other disabilities in that it is an invisible handicap. The reactions or behaviors associated with hearing loss may not be apparent, and even the sight of a hearing aid doesn’t guarantee recognition of a disability.
Sometimes hearing loss exerts a direct impact on mental health. Depression and adjustment disorder can occur as a natural response to hearing loss and its subsequent impact on the quality of life.
Inability to hear and discern message and meaning can result in feelings of shame, humiliation, and inadequacy. It can be highly embarrassing to be unable to behave according to applicable social rules.
A day in the life of a hearing-impaired may include struggles with the following:
• hearing alarms or telephones;
• understanding someone while talking on the phone;
• understanding when several people are talking;
• understanding when a speaker’s face is unseen;
• hearing in a car, wind, or traffic;
• understanding speech on TV;
• understanding whispering;
• understanding people in a large room

Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry. Jan2010, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p77-83.
Dewane, C., (2010) Hearing Loss in Older Adults — Its Effect on Mental Health, LCSW
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