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Do you have a parent, spouse or other loved one who seems increasingly more anxious, agitated or depressed? If so, it could be a sign of hearing loss.

Multiple studies have found a link between hearing loss and mental health issues in older adults:

  • A 2019 study found one in five older adults with hearing loss experience symptoms of clinical depression.
  • A 2018 study of adults aged 65 and older found that subjects with hearing loss experienced increased levels of anxiety as opposed to those with normal hearing.
  • A 2017 study determined that not only is hearing loss associated with anxiety but that people with moderate to severe hearing loss had higher rates of anxiety than those with mild hearing loss.

The Connection Between Hearing Health and Mental Health
The brain and ears have always been closely intertwined. They work together to help us process sounds and connect to the world around us. When hearing becomes more difficult, our brain struggles to receive the stimulation it needs. This can change brain function and lead to an increase in mental health problems. Perhaps most significantly, untreated hearing loss can make it harder to stay connected with others. When people struggle to understand what’s being said while out to dinner or during a family celebration, it can cause feelings of loneliness and frustration. Many people with hearing loss begin to withdraw and isolate themselves from others. This isolation can increase feelings of anxiety and depression and may even contribute to cognitive decline.

Reaching Out to Reconnect
Asking for help can be difficult. If your loved one is suffering from worsening mental health due to hearing loss, they may not even know it. Talk to them about your concerns and encourage them to reach out to Precision Hearing in Clermont to schedule an appointment with an audiologist.

Treating hearing loss with hearing aids can allow your loved one to move through the world with more ease, stay active in their community, and reconnect with the people they love the most.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Precision Hearing at 352-765-8008 today.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.