Hearing Loss & Isolation

Many people with hearing loss comment about the isolation they feel as a result. Perhaps that’s your experience, and if it is, you can be sure that you’re not alone. You may benefit from scheduling an appointment with one of our audiologists. In many cases, they can offer treatment recommendations that can improve your quality of life in hearing society.

Childhood sensorineural hearing loss and adult mental health up to 43 years later: results from the HUNT study”

BMC Public Health, by Mariann Idstad, K Tambs , L. Aarhus, and B. Engdahl February 8, 2019

Depression and hearing loss

Conversations become increasingly taxing when an individual struggles to hear, resulting in social isolation. Difficulty hearing has been linked with increased levels of depression, especially in women and individuals between 18 and 69 years of age.8

Carecredit Newsletter, Fall 2018

“Hearing loss contributes to isolation and loneliness among seniors”

HearIt.org, November 13, 2018

Social and emotional impact

Exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and frustration, particularly among older people that are hard-of-hearing.

World Health Organization, Deafness and Hearing Loss Factsheet, March 1, 2020

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

NPR.org, by Rochelle Sharpe, September 12, 2019

“Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors”

Originally published in Audiology Today, Vol. 11:4, 1999, retrieved from www.audiology.org

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