One in Five With Hearing Loss Feel Lonely and It’s Affecting Their Health
Loneliness has typically been thought of like most other human emotions — fleeting and virtually harmless. While short periods of loneliness may not have negative effects, prolonged loneliness is toxic and increases the risk of dying by 26%. In fact, loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, depression, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
You may be wondering, how can loneliness lead to all of that? Let me break it down for you.