Loneliness is not good for your health

Maybe it’s been this way for a while and we just didn't notice, but loneliness is getting a lot of attention from healthcare professionals lately.

One obvious reason is COVID-19, which has forced people to socially distance or isolate themselves, and has severely limited in-person interactions, especially for older adults.

Another reason is the increasing evidence of its negative effects on our health — like that loneliness is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Today’s hearing fact is just more proof that loneliness is bad on your body.

So why are we writing about loneliness? Because hearing loss has been linked to a higher risk of social isolation and loneliness — and is also one of the few causes of loneliness that is treatable!

Listen, you don’t need to be physically affected to know that feeling disconnected or isolated from family and friends hurts. All the more reason to treat your hearing loss and put yourself in a better position to avoid loneliness and all its harmful consequences.

If hearing loss is making your feelings of loneliness worse, do something about it now, before things start opening up. It’s easier than you think. Just call 1-888-908-1845 or type your zip code in here, and you’ll find a list of local hearing healthcare professionals who are ready to help.


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  • Doane LD, Adam EK. Loneliness and cortisol: momentary, day-to-day, and trait associations. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010;35(3):430-441. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2009.08.005
  • Hawkley LC, Thisted RA, Masi CM, Cacioppo JT. Loneliness predicts increased blood pressure: 5-year cross-lagged analyses in middle-aged and older adults. Psychol Aging. 2010;25(1):132-141. doi:10.1037/a0017805

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