HEARING LOSS AND DEPRESSION

The 2016 Report of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine stresses that hearing loss “can be associated with serious health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, as well as dementia, reduced mobility, and falls”.

In March 2018 the World Health Organization asserted that “in older people in particular hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline, increasing the risk of depression and dementia.”

Some studies or articles, although not all, have found that hearing loss is associated with depression or symptoms of depression.  The following articles reported these findings:

AND depression has been associated with an increased risk of dementia and/or cognitive impairment.