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From waking up to birdsong to engaging in a lively dinner conversation, good hearing connects us with others and brings joy to our lives. But hearing loss can threaten these daily pleasures and impact overall well-being in these and other key ways:
- Social isolation: Individuals with hearing loss may cut off interaction with others to avoid the embarassment and frustration of constantly asking them to repeat themselves.
- Reduced activity: Many people with untreated hearing loss simply stop doing the things they used to do, because not being able to hear makes those activities unenjoyable.
- Safety risks: Not being able to hear a car horn, an alarm or a shouted warning can increase the risk of accidents.
- Depression and anxiety: Studies have connected hearing loss with depression, anxiety and an increased risk of developing dementia.
Hearing loss doesn't have to lower your quality of life. Serving the Hamden community and surrounding areas for over 30 years, the Hearing, Balance and Speech Center offers state-of-the-art testing, diagnostics and devices to help you stay connected with family and friends. Throughout the month of May, in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, you can call 1-800-HEAR-IT-1 or click here to schedule a complimentary hearing assessment.