Hearing loss is a prevalent condition that can be mitigated simply by using hearing aids and assistive listening devices. But hearing loss is frequently neglected and untreated. This can result in greater depression rates and feelings of solitude in those with hearing loss.
It can also lead to a breakdown in personal and work relationships, which itself will foster more feelings of depression and isolation. The key to putting a stop to that downward spiral is treating your hearing loss.
Hearing loss and depression
We’ve known that hearing loss can cause feelings of solitude and depression for a long time now. One study of individuals with neglected hearing loss found that adults 50 years old and older were more likely to describe symptoms of depression, along with indications of paranoia or anxiety. They were also more likely to steer clear of social activities. Many stated that they thought people were getting mad at them for no reason. However, people who got hearing aids reported improvements in their relationships, and the people around them – family, colleagues, and friends – also said they noticed improvements.
For people with hearing loss of higher 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 there are still a great many individuals who need assistance and aren’t receiving it.
Mental health can be impacted by refusal to wear hearing aids or to lack of awareness
It seems as if it would be clear that you should get your hearing loss treated when you read reports like this. Maybe you think your hearing is okay. You think that others are mumbling.
Another factor could be that you believe treating your hearing loss is too expensive 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 seem to be talking too quietly or mumbling a lot, get their hearing checked. We can discuss your options if we do find hearing loss. That might be all you need to feel a whole lot better.