Hearing loss is a prevalent condition that can be mitigated simply by using hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Unfortunately, hearing loss often goes undiagnosed and untreated. This can result in greater depression rates and feelings of separation in those with hearing loss.
It can also lead to a breakdown in personal and work relationships, which itself contributes to more feelings of depression and solitude. The solution to putting a stop to that downward spiral is getting treatment for your hearing loss.
Hearing loss and its link to depression
We’ve known that hearing loss can cause feelings of separation and depression for a long time now. Adults older than 50 with untreated hearing loss often report feelings of depression and anxiety, according to one study. They were also more likely to avoid social activities. Many stated that they felt like 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, co-workers, and friends – also stated that they saw improvements.
For individuals with hearing loss of more than 25 decibels, who were between 18 and 70 years old, depression was more common. 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 is not getting the help they require to improve their lives.
Mental health can be affected by refusal to use hearing aids or to lack of awareness
It seems like it would be obvious that you should treat your hearing loss when you read reports like this. Perhaps 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 crucial to get a hearing test if you feel like you are being left out of interactions or are feeling anxious or depressed. If there is hearing loss, we can discuss your options. That may be all you need to feel so much better.