Hearing loss affects millions of people all around the world. Aside from the fact that it makes communication much more difficult and has been linked to some other conditions, it has now been established as a cause of depression in adults. The new study that has established this link has many people taking more progressive measures to detect hearing loss in members of their family and looking for ways to prevent it in the future. We will examine the findings of this new study as well as the ways that individuals can prevent suffering from depression and hearing loss.
The Study Results
The results of the study show that there was a strong, positive correlation between the people who suffered from hearing loss and the people who suffered from depression. This came after using 18,000 individuals from between the ages of 18 and 80 to test their hearing levels as well as their symptoms of depression. The hearing levels were self reported in all people who were under the age of 70. For those above the age of 70, they were subjected to a hearing test at the study site.
Afterwards, these people were given a questionnaire to complete that was made to detect the presence of depression symptoms in human beings. The results showed that there was a conclusive increase in the amount of people who suffered from depression when they suffered from hearing loss as well.
The reason that people have suffered from depression as a result of hearing loss is a matter of intense discussion. Many people have attributed it to the simple fact that people with communicative disorders are far less able to go about their daily routine as they used to. This means that they are more withdrawn from their surroundings and the people in their daily lives, resulting in depressive moods.
Another way that people can develop depression via hearing loss is by degeneration of the brain. Hearing loss can cause brain damage, and there is continued research into this as a cause of depression in humans.
What Can We Do?
Right now there are very limited options as to what people can do to when they have depression from hearing loss. While counseling can help some, others see it as a confounding factor because some may not be able to successfully complete it. By and large, the best option that people have for treating some symptoms of hearing loss induced depression is hearing aids. This allows people to recover some of their ability to communicate while facilitating their freedom to take part in their old hobbies.