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‘Happy’ holidays? Maybe not for those with untreated hearing loss

By Thomas J. Ouimet, BC-HIS

People who live with untreated hearing loss are more prone to anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, and even anger.The holidays can be especially trying for those with hearing loss because there’s usually a lot of laughter and sharing of stories, and the person with hearing loss often feels left out and that others may be laughing or talking about them, causing feelings of paranoia.The “happy” holidays can be very unhappy for those suffering with untreated hearing loss. For the loved ones of someone with untreated hearing loss, frustration and anger are the two biggest results and could put a damper on any holiday celebration. Untreated hearing loss is a great cause of family friction and generally degrades quality of life. With the holiday season approaching, I strongly urge everyone who may suspect they have hearing loss to at least have it checked, and have your options explained to you so you are able to correct it. What a wonderful holiday gift to yourself or a loved one — the gift of hearing .

Thomas J. Ouimet, BCHIS (Board Certified — Hearing Instrument Sciences), can be reached at Hear-Direct, 1071 Route 34 in the Aberdeen Town Square Shopping Center, by calling 732-279-3134 or visit www.heardirectusa.com.

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