Untreated Hearing Loss May Lead To Depression And Dementia

Posted: Aug 10 2015, 9:49pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2015, 9:54pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Untreated Hearing Loss May Lead to Depression and Dementia
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Hearing aid technology can contribute in reducing emotional and psychological problems. It can improve the overall quality of life.

Hearing loss is often neglected since there are no visible symptoms associated with it. But it can lead to some serious psychological and mental issues. 

People who are suffering hear loss have a higher risk of depression, anxiety and dementia, according to a new study. Hearing aid technology can help reduce these problems and can significantly improve cognitive functioning.

The study was presented at American Psychological Association’s annual convention. It highlights the negative effects of hear loss and also how important it is to treat hear loss in a timely manner. 

“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.” David Myers, a psychology professor and textbook writer at Hope College, Michigan said.

In the recent National Council of Aging study, 2,304 people with hearing loss were examined. Those who don’t wear hearing aids were 50% more likely to suffer from sadness or depression than people who did wear them.

The study also found younger people who suffer hear loss are half as like as a 70 year old who use hearing aid. Plus, hearing aid users participate in social activities more regularly than non-users. 

Despite the fact hearing aids are available, people take too much time in using it. According to stats, People with hearing loss wait an average of six years before seeking medical treatment.

Professor Myers himself is living with hearing loss. Though, he lost his hearing early in his teenage due to a genetic condition. But he did not wear hearing aid until his 40s. Professor David Myers stresses upon using hearing aid to avoid the negative effects of hearing loss and to become more social and involved. 

“Anger, frustration, depression and anxiety are all common among people who find themselves hard of hearing. 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.”

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