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Hearing Loss and Depression: Protecting your Hearing Health Could also Protect your Mental Health

Published: 11/27/2013

Last Updated: 12/11/2013

According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), unaddressed hearing loss is linked with depression. A recent study examined the psychological and social profiles of working adults between the ages of 35 and 55. According to the study, participants with unaddressed hearing loss were more likely to have depression, anxiety, and interpersonal sensitivity.

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, 60% of which are in the workforce. With hearing loss such a common and serious issue, it is not only recommended that all adults have their hearing checked annually, but that if hearing loss is discovered, a professional solution is sought out immediately to ensure one’s overall health.

Studies show that those who seek solutions for their hearing loss experience fewer depressive symptoms, greater social engagement, and improved quality of life.

BHI stresses the importance of hearing loss prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in order to prevent resulting symptoms such as depression.

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