Treating hearing loss aids fight against depression
Post on 7th January 2019
It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions to improve our health, both physically and mentally.
Taking action to improve our hearing may not be high on the list, but it certainly makes a difference when it comes to our wellbeing.
New research has underlined the importance of treating hearing loss in older people because if ignored it puts them at greater risk of depression.
A US study, led by Columbia University, found that older patients with age-related hearing loss have more symptoms of depression. It suggested that treating age-related hearing loss, which is often under-recognised and untreated, could help to head off depression in later life.
You can understand how hearing loss can leave people feeling isolated and at risk of anxiety and other mental health issues.
Researchers found that people with mild hearing loss were almost twice as likely to have clinically significant symptoms of depression than those with normal hearing. The risks were four times greater for people with severe hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is common in older people yet relatively few are diagnosed and treated.
It is easy to seek help if you feel your hearing is not as sharp as it was and the benefits of treatment to your health are clear.
You can access NHS hearing tests and digital hearing aids on the high street. The support, information and new technology are all there to make a difference.
For professional and friendly advice on hearing care, please call into your local Scrivens branch.