Hearing Loss and Depression
A recent article by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) discussed the relationship between hearing loss and depression. The article focused mainly on individuals of an elderly age. It explained how adults who have not treated their hearing damage were more likely to “report feelings of depression and anxiety” whereas those who had it treated did not.
The article went on to suggest that people suffering from loss of hearing who do not admit it or have it treated may feel isolated from family and friends. This is because by not using the correct hearing aids to improve their hearing they are not able to hear well and may have trouble understanding what people tell them.
The article provides signs and symptoms that a person suffering from hearing loss exhibits, these are:
- Difficulty understanding speech, especially when background noise is present.
- Isolating themselves from social gatherings and public situations.
- Watching television or listening to the radio at a much louder volume than normal.
- Often asking for people to repeat themselves.
If you or someone you know has shown signs of hearing loss, it is recommended to visit your local Miami hearing center. Consult with an audiologist such as Dr. Joseph Duran, who may help in diagnosing and correctly treating the condition.