Hearing loss is a prevalent condition that can be mitigated simply with the use of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. However, hearing loss frequently goes undiagnosed and unaddressed. This can lead to greater depression rates and feelings of isolation in those with hearing loss.
And these feelings of depression and isolation can be enhanced by the breakdown of work and personal relationships which often come with hearing loss. The key to putting a stop to that downward spiral is treating your hearing loss.
Hearing loss and depression
We’ve been aware that hearing loss can lead to feelings of separation and depression for a long time now. Adults older than 50 with neglected hearing loss often describe feelings of depression and anxiety, according to one study. They were also more likely to steer clear of social activities. A lot of them had the feeling that people were getting mad at them and they didn’t know why. However, those who got hearing aids reported improvements in their relationships, and those around them – family, colleagues, and friends – also said they saw 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 was not reported by people over 70 who had self-reported hearing loss. But that still means that a large part of the population isn’t getting the help they require to better their lives.
Mental health can be impacted 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 just don’t think your hearing is that bad. You think that others are mumbling.
Another factor could be that you think treating your hearing loss is too costly or time consuming.
It’s imperative that anyone who has experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression, or the feeling that they are being left out of conversations because people appear to be talking really quietly or mumbling too much, get their hearing checked. If there is hearing loss, we can talk over your options. It could help you feel much better.