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Further evidence of link between hearing loss and depression

2015-08-24

According to a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd annual convention in Toronto, Canada untreated hearing loss leads to depression and other cognitive disorders. The presentation highlighted results of several studies that demonstrate that failure to seek treatment for hearing loss often leads to mental illnesses as hearing impairment progresses. Effects of hearing loss over and above the physical and functional impairments related to the condition include depression, anxiety and cognitive disorders such as dementia.

Prof. David Myers, PhD, a psychology professor and textbook author from Hope College in Michigan, USA cited results of a study by the National Council on Aging, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The study included 2,304 patients and results suggested that the percentage risk of non-hearing aid users to develop depression or suffer from sadness is 50% more than hearing aid users.

“Many hard of hearing people battle silently with their invisible hearing difficulties, straining to stay connected to the world around them, reluctant to seek help," says Prof. Myers. Anger, frustration, and anxiety are common when people find that they have difficulties hearing but encouraging them to seek help and use hearing aid technologies can help them to achieve improved emotional and cognitive health, he adds. Helping the hearing impaired to reconnect with the world and participate in social activities is key in avoiding this risk of cognitive decline and mental illness.

Source: Tech Times

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