When you think of the vital senses that connect us with the world and the people around us, hearing notably stands out. Here at Pacific Hearing Service, Silicon Valley’s most trusted hearing care experts since 1977, we’ve consistently seen how hearing plays an immeasurable role in our social interactions and emotional well-being.

As experts passionately dedicated to helping you attain optimal hearing health, we were stirred by a recent study that cast light on a significant issue: the association between social isolation, loneliness, and hearing loss.

A comprehensive meta-analysis, investigating 90 studies with over two million adults, revealed not only stark facts about loneliness and social isolation but also a pressing need to address them. The study found a staggering 32 percent higher risk of premature death in socially isolated individuals and a 14 percent higher risk in those reporting feelings of loneliness.

Loneliness, Hearing Loss, and Their Silent Interplay

Diving deeper, a pertinent link surfaces between social isolation and untreated hearing loss.

Effective communication is, arguably, the thread that ties us to our social lives. When hearing loss creeps into the picture, it often stealthily chips away at this connection, causing individuals to shy away from social interactions due to the inherent challenges in communication.

Loneliness and social isolation morph into chronic stressors, leading to various adverse health outcomes. This prolonged isolation acts as a persistent stress factor, triggering the release of stress hormones, which, in turn, wield a detrimental effect on overall health.

Your Hearing, Our Passion

Our mission at Pacific Hearing Service has always been deeply intertwined with the social and emotional well-being of our patrons. Your ability to connect, communicate, and thrive in your social circles is pivotal to us.

For those who have witnessed a loved one gradually retract into a shell due to hearing difficulties—or if you’ve experienced those silent, frustrating moments of failed communication—it’s crucial to recognize that addressing hearing concerns can be a gateway to reducing social isolation and, by extension, mitigating associated health risks.

Act Today for a Sound Tomorrow

Ensuring that your hearing health is not neglected is our steadfast priority. We encourage you to be proactive about it—not just for the sake of hearing but for maintaining those precious social ties that enrich our lives.

If you or someone you hold dear seems to be navigating through this silent struggle, remember that reaching out is the first step toward change. Engage in conversations, share concerns and, most importantly, prioritize a regular hearing assessment.

We invite you to connect with us and discover how we can navigate through this journey together. Appointments for new patients are currently available. Please call us at Menlo Park at (650) 854-1980 or Los Altos at (650) 941-0664 to schedule a convenient date/time for your visit.

Alternatively, request a callback and a member of our team will reach out to you, answering any questions and providing the guidance you might seek.

In the silent battle against loneliness and isolation, let the assurance of support and expert care be the sound that resonates. Together, we can ensure that every individual hears, connects, and thrives.

Secure Your Sound Future Now!

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Ariel Fruendt, Au.D.

I went to school at Northwestern University for my undergraduate degree and Au.D. I completed my clinical externship at UCSF Medical Center, then worked in private practice. We moved to Chicago for my husband’s job and I worked in private practice there before joining the clinical faculty at Northwestern University’s on-campus clinic. I served as a preceptor for Au.D. students, focusing on adult diagnostics and treatment, tinnitus management, and hearing conservation. I also taught ethics in audiology courses and oversaw an amplification lecture series. My favorite thing about Pacific Hearing Service is the dynamic and supportive team environment that always puts the patient first, with dedication to using evidence-based practice in our everyday protocols.