How Hearing Loss and Depression are Connected

 

Maybe you’ve started noticing that your hearing loss has made your life more difficult. Perhaps when you try and talk with your loved ones, they become frustrated because you always struggle to hear them. In fact, you’ve started losing your ability enjoy spending time with others because carrying a conversation in a crowded room just doesn’t work. At this point, you feel like there is no hope and that your social life is over.

Sound familiar? Your hearing loss may be causing you to experience depression, but don’t feel too dismayed. Although hearing loss has been known to cause depression, many cases of hearing loss are treatable.

What Should You Know about Depression?

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from depression, you are not alone. Over 450 million people worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization.  While several forms of depression exist, the most common form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder, which affects over 15 million adults per year in the U.S. alone.

Each type of depression has its own definition and distinct set of symptoms; however, The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) notes the following as general symptoms of depression: persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in activities that one used to enjoy, fatigue, abnormal eating behaviours, and suicidal ideation.

Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, depression often goes untreated. Nevertheless, there are many options available for individuals who wish to seek help. While there is no cure for depression, it can be addressed through therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Please visit ADAA to learn more.

How are Hearing Loss and Depression Related?

Researchers have little debate when it comes to the relationship between hearing loss and depression. Since hearing loss can make interacting with others difficult, individuals with hearing loss are more likely to withdraw from participating in social activities and, thus, experience depression. Depression resulting from hearing loss should be taken seriously, as it has the ability to translate into suicidal ideation, as shown by research.    

In 2018, a formal study was conducted on 415 participants in order to explore the relationship between hearing loss and social exclusion, mental health, and suicidal ideation. The researchers found positive a relationship between suicidal ideation and social exclusion, mental health issues, and severity of hearing loss. In simpler terms, the more severe the case of hearing loss, the more likely a person is to experience depression.

In contrast, in 2017, another study was conducted to determine if hearing aids or cochlear implants could reduce depressive symptoms. The researchers compared the depressive symptoms of the 113 participants at the onset of the study to their symptoms one year later. Results showed that participants’ depressive symptoms significantly improved with the help of hearing aids or cochlear implants. In other words, improving one’s hearing can successfully aid in reducing one’s depressive symptoms.

What if You Have Depression Caused by Hearing Loss?

As illustrated by research, hearing loss can lead to depression, but most forms of hearing loss can be significantly alleviated through the use of hearing aids. If you suspect that you may be suffering from depression caused by your hearing loss, start your journey to improved hearing and quality of life now.  

Since 1996, Advanced Affordable Hearing has provided hearing aids for people like you at prices you can afford. Whether you’re looking for new or refurbished hearing aids, we want to help you find hearing aids that meet your needs and make your life better.

Use our Online Hearing Check now to determine the level of hearing loss you are experiencing, and then place an order with us.  In less than two weeks, your should have a new pair of hearing aids in hand.

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