In recent years, medical studies are finding that hearing loss is a much more serious issue than previously known. Hearing loss can affect some in three primary ways. First, for adults who are in the workforce, it can hinder education or impact job opportunities. It can also cause social withdrawal because communication is more difficult, and cause emotional problems because of a drop in self-esteem and confidence.
Those who suffer from tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, also often suffer from anxiety and depression. Dementia is another risk for untreated hearing loss.
A 2014 study of hearing-impaired adults found that 11.4% reported moderate to severe depression versus 5.9% of those with normal hearing.
There is still a lot of research to do to understand the links between hearing loss and mental illness. But clearly, addressing hearing loss is a vital part of mental and emotional health. For most people, hearing loss and tinnitus can be treated. Recognizing that your hearing is changing is the first step, so a baseline hearing test should be performed by an audiologist before your 60th birthday (or earlier, if you notice that your hearing is changing.)
At Worth Hearing Center, we work to improve your quality of life through a comprehensive hearing test and solutions to your specific hearing loss. With offices in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, we are here to serve you. Hearing loss can be devasting to the individual and to their family. Call today to schedule an appointment to care for your hearing health.