#HearingFactFriday: Untreated hearing loss can lead to increased depression

Everyone experiences hearing loss as they get older. In fact, a recent article by the Washington Post pointed out just how sneaky hearing loss can be, creeping up on us with serious social and health consequences.

Two consequences of untreated hearing loss potentially include a decline in social interactions and an increase in depression.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Director James Battey Jr., said it best: “[Hearing loss] is not just about the inability to communicate. It has a broader impact on individuals’ lives. It makes them uneasy participating in activities where hearing is important, such as any kind of social interaction — going to parties or going out to dinner in a restaurant where background noise might make it difficult to engage in a conversation.” 

A recent study by the Seniors Research Group found that of the 2,300 participants, significantly more of the seniors with untreated hearing loss “reported feelings of sadness or depression that lasted two or more weeks.” The study also found that those who don’t use hearing aids and have a hearing loss are “considerably less likely to participate in social activities,” with 42 percent of hearing aid users saying they participate regularly in social activities versus only 32 percent of non-hearing aid users.

Fortunately, this study also supports the idea the hearing aids can help by reconnecting you to the things and people you love most.

Click here to find a hearing professional near you who can help treat your hearing loss before it’s too late.

By Starkey Hearing