Assistive listening devices and hearing aids can be used to treat the prevalent condition of hearing loss. But hearing loss is often neglected and untreated. This can lead to greater depression rates and feelings of solitude in those with hearing loss.
And these feelings of depression and isolation can be increased by the breakdown of work and personal relationships which frequently accompany hearing loss. This is a horrible cycle that can be prevented, and treating your hearing loss is the solution to ending that downward spiral.
Hearing loss and its connection to depression
We’ve been aware that hearing loss can lead to feelings of solitude and depression for a long time now. Adults older than 50 with neglected hearing loss frequently describe feelings of depression and anxiety, according to one study. They were also more likely to avoid social activities. Many stated that they felt like 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 said they saw 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 70 with self-reported hearing loss didn’t show a major difference in depression rates compared to people without hearing loss. But there are still a great many individuals who need help and aren’t getting it.
Lack of awareness 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 believe your hearing is okay. You think that others are mumbling.
Another issue could be that you think treating your hearing loss is too expensive or time consuming.
It’s crucial to get a hearing test if you think that you are being left out of conversations or are feeling anxious or depressed. If there is hearing loss, we can discuss your options. That might be all that you need to feel a whole lot better.