Hearing loss is a prevalent condition that can be mitigated simply with the use of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Unfortunately, hearing loss often goes undiagnosed and unaddressed. For people who suffered from hearing loss, this can trigger feelings of social-isolation and depression.
And these feelings of depression and isolation can be enhanced by the breakdown of work and personal relationships which frequently accompany hearing loss. The key to ending that downward spiral is treating your hearing loss.
Hearing loss and its connection to depression
We’ve been aware that hearing loss can produce feelings of separation and depression for a long time now. One study of individuals with untreated hearing loss found that adults 50 years old and older were more likely to describe symptoms of depression, along with indications of paranoia or anxiety. They were also more likely to steer clear of social activities. A lot of them had the feeling that people were getting angry at them and they didn’t know why. However, those who got hearing aids reported improvements in their relationships, and the people around them – family, co-workers, and friends – also stated that they saw improvements.
Another study found that people between ages 18 and 70, reported a greater sense of depression if they had hearing loss of more than 25 Decibels. Increased depression wasn’t reported by individuals over 70 who had self-reported hearing loss. But that still means that a large part of the population is not getting the help they require to improve their lives.
Lack of recognition or unwillingness to use hearing aids impacts mental health
With reported results like those, it seems like a no-brainer that you would want to get your hearing loss treated. Maybe you think your hearing is fine. You think that others are mumbling.
Another issue could be that you think treating your hearing loss is too costly or time consuming.
It’s important to get a hearing exam if you feel like you are being left out of conversations or are feeling anxious or depressed. If there is hearing loss, we can discuss your options. It could help you feel a lot better.