Social isolation is as bad for you as smoking

Untreated hearing loss is widely known to be a cause of social isolation. Studies like this one have linked hearing loss and social isolation for a long time.

It shouldn’t be surprising when you think about it — if you can’t hear or communicate as easily as you once could, you’re likely to avoid social, business or transactional situations where interactions are key. Instead, there's a good chance you'll simply withdraw or isolate yourself.

What researchers and medical professionals are just now starting to understand, though, is how unhealthy and dangerous social isolation is — and how much it's growing as an “epidemic.”

It’s one more reason to treat any hearing loss you have and to stop thinking it’s no big deal if you just ignore it.

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By Starkey Hearing Technologies blog