Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
Facing the consequences of hearing loss
Hearing loss has very obvious impact on our quality of life and the kind of connection we build with those around us. It is, after all, one important part in the two-way mode of communication: listening and responding, which calls on hearing and speech.
Impairment leading to permanent loss can therefore affect how we communicate with others, how we express ourselves, and whether we feel isolated or understood by our friends and family.
But hearing loss has other, less obvious and yet more dangerous consequences. Over time, the quality of life of an individual with a hearing impairment degenerates to the point of affecting physiology. For example, tinnitus or constant ringing and earaches could increase anxiety and irritability, which causes a direct increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
Anxiety and stress on the lymphatic system as well as the gastrointestinal system is well catalogued. Gut bacteria are important in maintaining the digestive system’s pH balance and ensuring digestion occurs properly. An increase in stomach acid due to anxiety could cause adverse effects on these friendly bacteria.
Effects of hearing impairment are far reaching, rather like a tree with offshoots and tendrils. It may not look directly related, but hearing loss is a definite cause for concern in these big and small ways.