As with our other senses, hearing is something we often take for granted — that is, until we start to lose the ability to hear well. It’s often difficult to cope with an untreated hearing loss, and people sometimes try to cover it up as though they should somehow be ashamed that they have a problem hearing. Part of the reason for this may have to do with denial about aging, since many hearing problems come with advancing age. But did you know that there’s also a connection between hearing and overall health? It’s true. Hearing loss can and often does lead to physical and psychological health problems such as fatigue, tension, irritability and depression, reduced alertness leading to reduced personal safety, impaired memory, withdrawal from social situations which can lead to isolation and loneliness.