Hearing loss can be difficult to come to terms with. You may never hear your friend’s voice, the sound of the waves or the latest song by your favourite band. Losing your hearing can affect your body and balance pretty badly, but the psychological impact can often be the most severe and can be much worse than a simple slip, trip or fall from lack of balance.
What psychological impacts of hearing loss are there?
There are many psychological impacts which vary depending on the person. These can include depression, withdrawal and fatigue to poor self-esteem, anger and denial. If not recognised and treated these can lead to a nasty accident, far worse than a slip injury.
How can these psychological impacts cause a slip, trip or fall or worse?
When someone is feeling an extreme emotion, whether it is anger, depression or even euphoria they are often so focused so much on themselves that they are not as aware as usual. This is when it becomes easy to get a trip injury from that branch you missed lying on the ground or a slip, trip or fall from the icy patch you didn’t see.
How can I help reduce the psychological impact for someone suffering hearing loss?
Unfortunately it is very difficult to do this and sometimes you simply can’t ease the pain for them. The most important thing is to recognise what they are going through early on, be there for them as support and if it becomes too much for them, suggest they speak to someone professional.
Having a friend with them every step of the way will not only help them stay grounded thus avoiding any trip injuries or worse but will also make them feel wanted. Make sure they know they are not alone in this and help them as much as you can. By you being there, you can help them to avoid a slip, trip or fall but at the end of the day you may not be able to help what they are feeling.
But slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone at any time. If you have had a trip injury caused by no fault of your own, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how you could potentially make a claim for compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2014
Author: David Brown