Woman feeling down and left out due to untreated hearing loss.

Hearing Aids can help decrease the negative consequence of the common condition of hearing loss. But a greater incident of depression and feelings of isolation occurs when hearing loss is neglected and undiscovered.

And it can quickly become a vicious circle where solitude and depression from hearing loss cause a breakdown in personal and work relationship causing even worse depression and isolation. Treating hearing loss is the key to preventing this unnecessary cycle.

Hearing Loss Has Been Connected to Depression by Many Studies

Symptoms of depression have been continuously linked, according to numerous studies, to hearing loss. One study of individuals who suffer from neglected hearing loss found that adults 50 years or older were more likely to document symptoms of depression, and signs of anxiety and paranoia. And it was also more likely that those people would retreat from social engagement. Many stated that they felt as if people were getting angry at them for no apparent reason. However, relationships were improved for people who used hearing aids, who reported that friends, family, and co-workers all noticed the difference.

A different study discovered that people between the ages of 18 and 70, revealed a more acute feeling of depression if they had hearing loss of greater than 25 dB. Individuals over the age of 70 with a self-diagnosed hearing loss did not demonstrate a major difference in depression rates in comparison to people who didn’t suffer from hearing loss. But that still indicates that a large part of the population is not getting the help they need to improve their lives. And individuals who participated in a different study reported that those participants who treated their hearing loss with hearing aids had a lower rate of depression.

Lack of Awareness or Unwillingness to Wear Hearing Aids Impacts Mental Health

With reported results like those, you might think that people would need to treat their hearing loss. But people don’t find help for two main reasons. Some people assume that their hearing is functioning just fine when it really isn’t. They think that people are intentionally talking quietly or mumbling. Also, it’s relatively common for people to have no clue they have a hearing problem. It seems, to them, that people don’t like to talk to them.

If you are someone who regularly feels like people are talking quietly or mumbling and it’s causing you to feel anxiety or even depression, it’s time for a hearing examination. If your hearing specialist discovers hearing problems, hearing aid options should be discussed. You could possibly feel a lot better if you consult a hearing specialist.

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