Hearing loss and depression.

If you are feeling depressed or anxious, you may want to have your hearing checked in addition to consulting with your doctor. Research shows that there is a potential link between hearing loss and depression and anxiety, and that those with hearing loss may be at increased risk for depression. This connection is understandable in that lessened ability to communicate with others may lead to feelings of isolation, which contributes to depression. On the other hand, when people with mild to profound hearing loss are professionally fitted with hearing instruments, studies show that they experience fewer depressive symptoms, decreased anxiety, and less emotional instability. It bears watching for signs of either depression and/or hearing loss.  Hearing instruments have helped to significantly improve the psychosocial and cognitive conditions of people who are suffering from both hearing loss and depression. Hearing instruments allow wearers to continue participating in group and work activities, enjoy intimate conversations, hear religious services and music, understand what’s going on at work, and communicate with family and friends.