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Hearing Loss, Depression Linked When Condition Goes Untreated

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 10:19 AM

Hearing loss that goes untreated has been linked to depression, according to recent studies and a presentation at a national science conference.

The National Center for Health Sciences says people tend to wait an average of six years from the first signs of hearing loss before getting treatment, according to Psych Central. David Myers, a psychology professor at Hope College in Michigan, told the website that adults with hearing loss between the ages of 20 and 69 are half as likely as adults 70 or older to use hearing aids.

"Many hard of hearing people battle silently with their invisible hearing difficulties, straining to stay connected to the world around them, reluctant to seek help," said Myers, adding that he didn't start wearing hearing aids until he was in his 40s.

"Anger, frustration, depression and anxiety are all common among people who find themselves hard of hearing," said Myers. "Getting people to use the latest in hearing aid technology can help them regain control of their life, and achieve emotional stability and even better cognitive functioning."

Myers said denial, vanity, and lack of awareness of how much they are missing all contribute to people not seeking help for their hearing.

A National Council on Aging study that included 2,304 people found that hearing aid users were much more likely to participate in social activities on a regular basis, according to the website.

Research presented at the American Psychological Association's annual conference in Toronto suggested that depression and other cognitive problems can result from untreated hearing loss, reported The Morning Ticker.

Hearing loss sufferers who do not wear hearing aids are 50 percent more likely to deal with sadness and depression, while other studies suggest as the hearing loss gets worse, it increases issues like dementia, said The Ticker.

"The researchers suggest that not being able to function socially compounds the increased risk," wrote The Ticker's Jerry Newberry. "People who have difficulty communicating in social settings tend to avoid them and stay home more often, or do not participate with groups. They also noted that anger, frustration and anxiety are commonly found among the hard of hearing sector."

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