Hearing loss left untreated can potentially lead to dementia, depression – says new researchChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Aug 12, 2015 23:44 IST
According to a new research presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, there are several studies that show hearing loss going untreated more often and leading to dementia, depression or other forms of cognitive issues and it gets worse progressively, with advancing age.
Dr. David Myers stated that introducing patients with hearing loss to modern hearing aids and newer technology like loops can significantly alter the progressively negative path adopted as a consequence of not addressing the problem in time. He went on to add further that many people who are hard of hearing battle the affliction silently perhaps the problem is not visible and they are also reluctant when it comes to seeking help. Therefore, they strain to stay connected with the world around them and tend to suffer from depression, frustration, anger and anxiety which are common among those who have serious difficulties with their hearing.
After noticing the initial symptoms of hearing loss, most people wait for about 6 years on an average since they are either unwilling or unsure whether they should seek help. A study in which some 2,300 people with hearing loss participated found that those who avoided the hearing aids are 50% more likely to suffer depression or sadness. The reasoning put forth, though partially, is the crimp hearing issues can put on their social activities though people wearing hearing aids attend more such activities.
Myers also stated that by encouraging people to use the latest technology in hearing aid can help the affected control regain control of their lives and achieve better cognitive functioning and emotional stability.
Another suggestion that Myers offered was that apart from enhanced efforts at engaging those who suffer from hearing loss for treatment, the public officials should also consider the hearing loop system. This system popular in Scandinavia and Britain uses an inductive loop for transmission of sound signals direct to the hearing aid in the ear or public spaces where hearing is useful. He says that the system works best in places such as train stations, places of worship and similar environments.
Another measure, he said is making the public spaces directly accessible to hearing aids and that could be psychologically important for those who suffer from hearing loss.
Hearing loss left untreated can potentially lead to dementia, depression – says new research