Hearing Loss Can Cause Depression
Studies indicate that all women with hearing loss, regardless of age, and adults in general with hearing loss are at a greater risk of depression than hearing loss sufferers over the age of 70.
Social interaction becomes stressful for those with hearing loss because they have to strain to hear others speak. And even straining doesn’t guarantee that conversations are understood. Misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and embarrassment result which can lead to partial or complete avoidance of social situations which, in turn, can lead to depression.
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Hearing Loss
1. When Baby Boomer (1946-1964) and Gen X (1965-1976) patients with untreated hearing loss were studied, it was concluded that they were more likely to develop depression and other psychological issues than their peers whose hearing loss was treated.
2. When a large group of adults with hearing loss, aged 50 and older, were studied, it was concluded that they more likely to experience depression and other emotional and mental instabilities than their peers whose hearing loss was treated. And as hearing loss worsened, so did their depression and emotional/mental instabilities.
3. Not only did the aforementioned group of patients aged 50+ become less socially engaged but patients in general with untreated hearing loss also avoided social interaction. It is well known that isolation contributes to depression.
4. Depression in older adults has been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
5. Patients with untreated hearing loss can experience anxiety, paranoia, relationship problems, and stress.
Hearing Aids Improve Mental Health
On average, it takes those with hearing loss 8 years to purchase hearing aids.
Studies indicate that hearing loss patients who wear hearing aids are NOT AS PRONE to depression, psychological issues, or emotional and mental instabilities as those with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids.