Avoiding Hearing Loss Treatment Can Lead to Depression
According to new research presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association Convention, adults who do not seek treatment for hearing loss are more likely to suffer from depression, and experience a decline in their quality of life.
The study, conducted by the National Council on Aging, looked at 2,304 people with hearing loss and found those who did not use hearing aids were 50 percent more likely to have depression than those who did use the devices. Earlier studies also note that social isolation among people with hearing loss could increase the risk of dementia.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that among adults aged 70 and over who would benefit from using a hearing aid, fewer than one in three have ever used one, and only 16 percent of adults between 20 and 69 who would benefit have tried using a hearing aid.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than a billion teenagers and young adults around the world face the risk of hearing loss due to exposure to unsafe levels of sounds.