Untreated hearing loss has been proven to be a leading contributor to depression. Other causes could be the stresses of the oncoming holidays, work, family and just plain aging.
How do we know if we or someone we know may be dealing with depression? Agingcare.com has a great list of signs to look out for here:
- An “empty” feeling
- Ongoing sadness and anxiety
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Loss of interest or pleasure in everyday activities, including sex
- Sleep problems, including trouble getting to sleep, very early morning waking, and sleeping too much
- Eating more or less than usual
- Crying too often or too much
- Aches and pains that don’t go away when treated
- Difficulty focusing, remembering or making decisions
- Feeling guilty, helpless, worthless or hopeless
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- A suicide attempt
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If you or someone you know show any of these signs then please call a doctor. On top of that, there are steps you can take to help fend off depression.
- First get your hearing checked – Hearing loss is very common in older individuals and because of its link to depression it has become an even more important aspect of preventing depression. Reach out to a hearing care specialist and do what you need to keep hearing at your best.
- Talk to people – Stay social, plan events with friends and family, get on the phone. Do what it takes to stay in touch with people. It can feel like hearing loss gets in the way of this but there are tools, like hearing aids or the CaptionCall phone that can make it easier.
- Stay active – Get out and move, plan regular walks with a friend, visit a community pool. Moving around is a great way to help blood flow to your brain, which will help your mood.
Depression can lead to serious health conditions. Doing everything you can to prevent it will help you live a longer healthier happier life!
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life
Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator