Depressed? It Could Be Due to Hearing Loss

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Untreated hearing loss can intensify over time, leading to several underlying health problems that can ultimately affect a person’s social, emotional, and mental state of mind.

In fact, research shows a strong link between untreated hearing loss and depression.

The connection between depression and hearing loss

Researchers found more than 10 years ago that there was a true correlation between people showing signs of depression and those experiencing hearing loss. The study concluded that the overall findings of hearing loss identified a significant increase in brain atrophy as a result of hearing loss. People also reported an inability to effectively communicate in social settings, which can lead to irritability, mood changes, social withdrawal, and the onset of depression.

Who is affected by hearing loss and depression?

Tests conducted by the U.S. National Institute on Deafness showed that communication impairments such as deafness drastically increased the likelihood of someone displaying symptoms of depression. What was more shocking is that these ailments seemed to be trending among younger groups of people.

The study group consisted of 18,000 people, ranging from ages 18 to 80 years of age. People under the age of 70 years old were allowed to self-report their own hearing loss, while others above the age of 70 years old were given a hearing test. The test was to determine whether or not symptoms of depression were present.

What type of help is available?

Following the conclusion of the test, the most important question that researchers ask when reviewing the results is what can be done? Fortunately, for many people, help is readily available. Hearing aids can enhance the lives of people with mild to severe hearing impairment. In fact, getting fitted for the right type of hearing device has been shown to improve signs of depression.

If you’ve been struggling to hear, get your hearing tested to see if hearing aids might help.

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