Perhaps unsurprisingly, research has shown that untreated hearing loss is linked to depression. A study conducted by the National Counsel on Aging (NCOA) in 1999 determined that individuals suffering from untreated hearing loss are more susceptible to negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness and insecurity.
Individuals with untreated hearing loss often report that it is so difficult to follow and therefore participate in conversations that they simply give up and leave the social setting or stop socializing altogether. These communication challenges resulting from untreated hearing loss lead to social isolation, decreased confidence and self-esteem and ultimately a reduced quality of life.
The good news is that those who do seek help for their hearing loss notice a marked improvement in communication and therefore a reduction of those negative emotions leading to a decreased likelihood of depression.