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 result in greater depression rates and feelings of solitude in those with hearing loss.
It can also cause a breakdown in personal and work relationships, which itself will foster more feelings of depression and isolation. 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 cause feelings of isolation and depression for a long time now. One study of individuals with untreated hearing loss revealed that adults 50 years old and older were more likely to describe symptoms of depression, along with indications of paranoia or anxiety. They also reported being less socially active. Many said that they thought people were getting angry at them for no reason. However, people who got hearing aids reported improvements in their relationships, and those around them – family, colleagues, and friends – also stated that they noticed improvements.
For people with hearing loss of more than 25 decibels, who were between 18 and 70 years old, depression was more prevalent. Increased depression wasn’t reported by individuals over 70 who had self-reported hearing loss. But there are still a lot of individuals who need assistance and aren’t getting it.
Mental health can be affected by refusal to wear hearing aids or to lack of awareness
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 might think people are mumbling.
You may just think it costs too much.
It’s crucial to get a hearing assessment if you feel like you are being left out of conversations or are feeling anxious or depressed. We can discuss your options if we do find hearing loss. It could help you feel much better.