According to Dr. Chuan-Ming Li, who worked on the study at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, higher rates of depression were most common among women and the middle aged rather than those over 70.
The study consisted of analyzing data from the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Of the more than 18,000 adults 18+ who responded, more than 20% reported having some hearing problems. Of those, 15% of women scored as having moderate to severe depression, compared to 9% of men.
The results also showed that as the hearing difficulties worsened, the risk of developing depression increased.
Multiple studies have recently analyzed the correlation between hearing loss and women, including one by the Better Hearing Institute that found women who addressed their hearing difficulties and utilized hearing devices reported a greater quality of life.
Last updated: April 22, 2014