People often suffer from hearing loss as they age, and new research says that can lead to depression, especially if they isolate themselves from opportunities to socialize.
The study showed that depression levels increased based on the degree of hearing loss, said Dr. Justin Golub, an assistant professor at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. However, because most health insurance policies don’t cover hearing aids, he said many people go without.
Health professionals don’t necessarily connect the dots between hearing impairment and depression, Golub said.
“Say you’re 70 years old and you clearly have depression,” he said. “If you see a psychiatrist for depression, they’re probably not saying, ‘Hey, do you have hearing loss? Go check that out and get a hearing aid.’ I think it’s just not even on the radar right now, and we’re trying to put it on the map, because I think it matters.”
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 35 million American children and adults have some hearing impairment.
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