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Research uncovers link between hearing loss, depression

Living with hearing loss can sometimes mean more than just having difficulty enjoying the sounds around you.  Many times it leads to social isolation and depression.

Researchers have studied the link between hearing loss and depression.  Recent findings showed that of those living with hearing loss, women of all ages and men age 18 to 69 were more likely to experience ‘significant depression’ than those over 70.  Another study found that adults over the age of 50 with untreated hearing loss were more likely to experience depression, and were significantly less socially active than those wearing hearing aids.

There are several reasons hearing loss may lead to depression.  Communication is important in everyday social interactions, and it can become stressful when regularly struggling to figure out what others are saying.  Because of this, individuals with untreated hearing loss often begin to avoid social situations, especially situations with loud surroundings such as parties or crowded restaurants where understanding speech can be more difficult.  Cutting oneself off from social interactions and activities is a sign of depression.

Oftentimes individuals think that hearing loss is just a sign of getting older.  Although that is sometimes the case, it doesn’t have to be a way of life.  It is important to discuss hearing concerns with your primary care provider and to be proactive in addressing any hearing issues you notice.

Hearing aid technology has come a long way in recent years.  Today’s devices are designed to fit seamlessly into an individual’s life, no matter the degree of hearing loss.  With various sizes and features, there are plenty of options to choose from to fit any lifestyle.  In fact, eight out of ten hearing aid users say they are satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing instruments - from how they feel about themselves to the positive impact hearing aids have had on their social and work lives.

“Hearing health should not be taken for granted,” stated Rob June, Doctor of Audiology at Mile Bluff.  “The health professionals at Mile Bluff focus on working together to best treat an individual’s needs.  Having all of the experts as part of one big healthcare team is just one of the many benefits of receiving hearing care at Mile Bluff.”

If you are living with hearing loss, talk to your primary care provider or one of the hearing experts at Mile Bluff today.  Learn more about the help that is available locally by calling 608-847-1414.

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