Have you started feeling more anxious or sad?
Untreated hearing loss is associated with social isolation and loneliness.
Anxiety and depression are 4x greater among people with hearing loss.
The use of hearing aids can stimulate the brain and help people remain engaged in activities that are mentally challenging, providing benefits for brain health.
If you have a personal history or a family history of mental health issues, it is all the more important that you be proactive, in order to reduce the onset of mental health issues. Communication is key. Be sure to discuss your mental wellbeing and hearing health with not only your Audiologist but also any mental health professional as well.
What to do:
- Be proactive. Everyone should have a baseline hearing test upon turning 50 years old and if any changes in hearing occur.
- Take action. Early symptoms could directly relate to hearing loss. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse or for misdiagnosis. Get your hearing checked.
- Wear your device. If you were diagnosed with hearing loss, the best thing you can do is continually wear your device. This will help to take stress away from your brain, improve memory, and make you feel less fatigued at the end of the day.