New Study Links Hearing Loss to Increased Depression

There have been many studies in the past few years linking hearing loss with various health issues such as diabetes, brain atrophy, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and more.  Recently, a study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders showed a significant link between hearing loss and a very important health problem– depression.

By analyzing data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including 18,000 adults aged 18 or over, a group of researchers investigated the link between hearing impairment and depression.

Among the adults with an excellent hearing experience, 5% felt depressed. This number increased to 7% in those with good hearing. While among those with a greater hearing impairment the number of people feeling depressed rose to 11.4%.

The National Council on Aging performed a similar study years ago and found that untreated hearing loss in seniors caused not only depression, but also anxiety, social isolation and low self esteem.

While hearing aids won’t restore you hearing to how it was before the loss, many of the effects of hearing loss can be negated in a comfortable and affordable manner.  Many patients find it very valuable to schedule a free consultation with one of our Doctors of Audiology.  During that appointment, they will gather a health history, examine the ear, perform a hearing evaluation, then discuss all of your needs, desires and options to help you to find the right solution for your lifestyle and budget.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 801-70-0801.

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