Post on 7th April 2017
Today is World Health Day and this year’s theme is “Depression: let’s talk” with the aim to get more people with depression to both seek and get help.
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. The World Health Organisation estimates more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Such figures are alarming. The condition takes many forms and research has shown there is a link between untreated hearing loss and depression. Older people with hearing loss are more than twice as likely to develop depression as those with healthy hearing according to the charity Action on Hearing Loss.
You can understand the link when you see that social isolation is a common effect of hearing loss and such isolation is a major cause of depression.
Nearly 10 million people of all ages across the UK have varying degrees of hearing loss. While it cannot be cured it can be treated and improve the quality of people’s lives.
Advances in technology have significantly improved hearing aids which are smaller and more effective and will make a real difference.
If you think you suffer from hearing loss, or have not had your hearing checked, please visit your nearest Scrivens branch for a free consultation and test.
You will find qualified advice and support from people who know their stuff and understand that making that first step is a big one.