Hearing loss is a prevalent condition that can be alleviated easily by using hearing aids and assistive listening devices. However, hearing loss frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated. For individuals with hearing loss, this can trigger feelings of social-separation and depression.
It can also lead to a breakdown in personal and work relationships, which itself contributes to more feelings of depression and solitude. This is a horrible cycle that can be prevented, and treating your hearing loss is the key to ending that downward spiral.
Hearing loss and its connection to depression
It’s true that neglected hearing loss is connected to developing depressive symptoms – and this isn’t a new trend. One study of people with untreated hearing loss revealed that adults 50 years old and older were more likely to describe symptoms of depression, along with signs of paranoia or anxiety. They also reported being less socially involved. Many said that they thought people were getting angry at them for no reason. 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 noticed improvements.
Another study found that individuals between ages 18 and 70, reported an increased sense of depression if they had hearing loss of more than 25 dB. Individuals over the age of 70 with self-reported hearing loss didn’t show a big difference in depression rates compared to people without hearing loss. But that still means that a significant part of the population isn’t getting the help they need to improve their lives.
Mental health can be impacted by refusal to use hearing aids or to lack of awareness
It seems like it would be clear that you should get your hearing loss treated when you read reports like this. Maybe you believe your hearing is okay. You might think people are mumbling.
Another issue could be that you believe treating your hearing loss is too expensive or time consuming.
It’s important to get a hearing assessment if you think that you are being left out of interactions or are feeling anxious or depressed. We can discuss your options if we do find hearing loss. It could help you feel much better.