Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression

For anyone who has ever wondered why hearing loss is such a devastating disorder, yet another example has been presented by recent research. According to workers at the Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders, depression has now been tied to people who suffer from hearing loss. The alarm that has resulted from this is being felt across the nation. That is why we are going to explore the different ways that you can prevent hearing loss, what can be done in terms of treatments, and the results of the study.

Preventing Depression From Hearing Loss

There are many things that you can do to save your hearing for the future. However, when people are young they may take more risks than they know are necessary. You can prevent hearing loss by not spending as much time in very loud settings like sports venues or even concerts. This does not mean that you cannot have a good time, but it is advised that you always keep ear protection on you at these events, especially if you work in a loud environment.

Treating Hearing Loss-Depression

Depression that has been caused by hearing loss is a very difficult thing to treat because it is the combination of two different types of ailments. That is why you should choose to treat the hearing loss in order to treat the depression. You can treat the hearing impairment by consulting with an hearing instrument specialist to see if you can have surgery to correct your hearing or if a hearing aid would work for you. Either way, you will have the ability to gain more hearing back and reintegrate into daily life; an action that can alleviate depression. Otherwise, it is a good idea to seek a medical professional for medication and even therapy to help work on your depression.

The Latest On The Study

The study that was done by the institute used 18,000 different people from all around the United States. These people were volunteers and were asked to self-report their hearing loss if they were under the age of 70, and asked to go to a clinic for testing if they were over 70. After their hearing data was collected, they were given a very short question session that was used to see if they had symptoms of depression.

The results of the study were absolutely stunning because they showed that eleven percent of people who had hearing loss under the age of seventy also had depression. That was an incredible find that was confounded by the fact that the older people did not suffer from the same rates of hearing loss. Right now, this information is going to be integrated into studies to look into this data even more to determine why there is such a disparity. The fact remains that hearing loss is positively correlated with depression.

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