The link between hearing impairment and depression
In our experience, one of the first symptoms of hearing loss is depression.
In a study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, researchers have found a significant link between moderate hearing loss and depression, particularly among women. Researchers worked with over 300 adults aged 18 and older to gather data, and they found some interesting results.
First, the relationship between depression and hearing loss doesn’t appear to be significant with the older population (70+ years old). Second, women were more impacted than men, showing a significant link between moderate hearing loss and depression. Third, the strongest relationship between depression and hearing loss exists with moderate hearing impairment, and tapers off as hearing impairment advances.
The seeming inconsistency in results may be due to those with more advanced hearing impairment may have been “discovered” and therefore encouraged to seek help (e.g. hearing aids). On the other hand, those with moderate hearing loss may have had less access to hearing health services due to not being “discovered,” and therefore have not had access to help.
To have your hearing checked, please contact Sound Hearing Care for an appointment today. With 4 convenient hearing treatment locations including Simpsonville, Greer, Travelers Rest, and Greenville, Sound Hearing Care is sure to have a convenient location near you or your loved one!