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September 20, 2014
Hearing loss may lead to depression

Hearing loss is associated with depression, especially among women and people under the age of 70, a study has found

When the ability to hear decreases, it may also lead to depression. Particularly women and people under the age of 70 are at higher risk of falling into a depression, caused by loss of hearing, a study from the U.S. suggests.

Hearing impairment and depression

By analysing data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including 18,000 adults aged 18 or over, a group of researchers investigated the link between hearing impairment and depression.

Among the adults with an excellent hearing experience, 5% felt depressed. This number increased to 7% in those with good hearing. While among those with a greater hearing impairment the number of people feeling depressed rose to 11.4%. Interestingly, the deaf participants seemed nearly immune to depression with a rate of only 0.06%.