Donít let Hearing Loss affect your personality says Scrivens Hearing Care

Scrivens Hearing Care, one of the UKís leading providers of hearing aids and hearing tests discusses how, according to studies in Europe, loss of hearing can affect personality.


Birmingham, UK – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Surprisingly, we did not find that declining overall health and functional capacity make people less outgoing. But hearing loss directly affects the quality of social situations. If the perceived quality of social interaction goes down, it may eventually affect whether and how we relate to others

Scrivens Hearing Care, one of the UKís leading providers of hearing aids and hearing tests discusses how, according to studies in Europe, loss of hearing can affect personality.

Generally as people start to reach old age, they can become less sociable and perhaps less outgoing, but unfortunately this change in personality can sometimes be linked to loss of hearing.

According to a study at the University of Gothenburg, this change can sometimes be amplified in those aged between 80-98 years of age, emphasizing the importance of effectively treating hearing loss.

Researchers in Gothenburg studied 400 individuals who were aged between 80-89 over a six year period. Every two years these individuals would be assed in terms of their physical and mental capabilities as well as certain personality traits, such as extraversion, which is their willingness to go outside and socialise.

The researchers found that even though physical changes and cognitive impairments may have occurred, these factors were not enough to stop a person from socialising or seeking out social stimulation. A link between a personís willingness to socialise and their quality of hearing was found.

Anne Ingeborg Berg, PhD, licensed psychologist and researcher at the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburgstated: ďTo our knowledge, this is the first time a link between hearing and personality changes has been established in longitudinal studies.

Surprisingly, we did not find that declining overall health and functional capacity make people less outgoing. But hearing loss directly affects the quality of social situations. If the perceived quality of social interaction goes down, it may eventually affect whether and how we relate to others.Ē

This study highlights the importance of treating hearing loss in older people early on. Loss of hearing can lead to depression in the elderly as they may start to withdraw from social situations if they feel they cannot hear what is being said or socialise to their usual capacity.

Scrivens Hearing Care knows that it doesnít have to be this way.

Hearing Loss is a very treatable condition, and Scrivens Hearing Care can offer the best help and advice to get you feeling confident again. We provide a new NHS hearing service in a large number of our branches throughout the UK, to those who have been referred by their GP.

This service includes a complete and comprehensive hearing assessment, digital hearing aid fitting and on-going aftercare support. Scrivens Hearing Care can even fit your hearing aid on the same day, making sure you benefit straight away from better hearing.

Take a look at our comprehensive list of hearing aids, including free NHS hearing aids at www.scrivenshearing.com and benefit from our introductory 25% discount on hearing aids today.



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