Do you have hearing loss? Have you ever experience depression? Have you ever thought about that maybe the reason behind your depression is your hearing loss?
People who suffer from hearing loss find it extremely difficult to carry on a conversation. Communicating becomes quite difficult, which could lead to feelings of isolation and inadequacy.
The Link between Hearing Loss and Depression
A study conducted by Dr. Chuan-Ming Li who is a Ph.D. Statistician at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) found out that people with any kind of hearing impairment suffer from depression.
The participants involved in the study ranged from 18 to 69 years old. The adult participant category was chosen from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the following results were revealed:
- 4.9% of the participants reported that even with excellent hearing, they suffered from moderate to severe type of depression
- 7.1% of the participants reported that having good hearing didn’t stop them from spiraling into depression
- 11.4% of the participants reported that they were suffering from depression and had moderate to severe hearing impairment
It was also found that the depression rate was higher among women as compared to men. As the participant’s hearing impairment worsened, so did the severity of depression. Dr. Chuan-Ming Li also found there was no relation between self-reported hearing loss and depression.
Knowing the Signs
Diagnosing or spotting the symptoms of depression in your loved one having hearing loss is not that simple. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Loss of interest
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of appetite
- Avoiding social functions
- Finding it difficult to function in daily life
Lack of interest in anything leads to this feeling that you have aged faster than your time. You might find yourself diagnosing phantom illnesses. It’s also possible that this inability to enjoy life will lead to chronic medical conditions because you are not eating well or exercising. A small measure of control that you have to avoid depression is to get routine hearing tests. Seeking help from an audiologist to find out the best course of action will definitely put you on the right path.
Today, many advances have been made in hearing aids, which allow you to carry on with life without the slightest feeling that you are wearing a hearing aid. These hearing aids contain SMART technology that allows you to adjust according to the environment and become a part of the conversation the moment you enter the room. So, don’t let hearing loss and depression become your burden to bear alone.
If you have any question or concerns, please reach out to us or to another medical professional. You’re not alone – we are here for you.