Depression has been a known risk of hearing loss for decades now. What have we learned? A few highlights:
- Risk of depression goes up with untreated hearing loss.
- The reason for that depression is likely connected to social isolation from untreated hearing loss. It’s likely to be a domino effect.
- Treated hearing loss (usually with hearing aids) can lead to an increase in social interaction and a decrease in depression.
- When the same person has hearing loss and depression, cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to treating the hearing loss can be beneficial.
- There needs to be much more research in this area.
Want to learn more? Here are a couple of free articles on PubMed: