#HearingFactFriday: Social isolation is as bad for you as smoking

We know what you’re thinking: What does today’s #HearingFactFriday have to do with hearing loss? Hearing isn’t even mentioned anywhere. So how can it be a fact about hearing?

Here’s how: untreated hearing loss is widely known to be a cause of social isolation. Studies like this one have linked the two 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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