Depression Related to Hearing Loss

Depression Related to Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is unfortunately one of those ailments which often goes untreated for years on end, despite modern technologies that have made hearing aids more discreet and efficient. According to a study presented during a conference at the American Psychological Association, experiencing hearing loss has been linked to an increased likelihood of developing depression and anxiety.

Psychology professor David Myers reported that a study from the National Council on Aging found that 50% of the 2304 participants with untreated hearing loss had a higher chance of being diagnosed with depression, compared to those wearing hearing aids. Participants that use hearing aids were more likely to remain socially active.

According to data from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reported in Medical News Today, approximately fifteen percent of American adults admit to having some form of hearing difficulties. Hearing aids can help enhance hearing and therefore communicative skills for those suffering from hearing impairment.

Professor David Myers, who also suffers from hearing loss himself, and he mentioned that people with hearing loss can help “regain control of their life” and sustain enhanced cognitive and emotional functioning through the use of hearing aids.

Unfortunately, the study also indicates that even after finding out that they have some form of hearing loss, people continue to wait for around six years before they are willing to seek some form of treatment for their hearing loss. According to Myers, a study conducted in 2011 reported that hearing loss can also contribute to the likelihood of developing dementia and other forms of cognitive dysfunction.

According to Myers, modern hearing instruments that can be connected to smartphones using the hearing loop technology can help those suffering from hearing loss lead active social lives. The hearing loop system was popular in Scandinavian nations as well as the United Kingdom since it allows wearers to hear sounds efficiently even in public settings.