Hearing Loss And Its Effects On Health, Adjustment, And Well Being

1381 Words Oct 20th, 2014 6 Pages
McMillan and Chavis define a sense of community as, “a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together” (Chavis 6). A sense of community is essential for all people, so they may feel included in society and that they serve a purpose in the world. Baumeister and Leary describe the need for interpersonal attachments and belonging as a “fundamental human motivation” (Baumeister 497). They theorize that “lack of attachments is linked to a variety of ill effects on health, adjustment, and well-being” (Baumeister 497). This is especially imperative for hard of hearing individuals, who through a sense of community can adjust to their hearing loss with other individuals who can actually relate to their emotions and obstacles they face. “Research strongly supports people with hearing loss often feel isolated from their loved ones, friends and co-workers. Hearing impairment alters one’s ability to communicate with others and is associated with multiple negative outcomes, including physical disability, depression, loneliness, altered self esteem, and diminished functional status” (Wallhagen 1086). As important as a sense of community is, it’s hard to connect with people who cannot actually sympathize with hearing loss, which is why it is important for hard of hearing individuals to connect with other hard of hearing individuals. Consequently,…

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