You probably know that hearing loss can lead to social isolation, but did you know that social isolation can be one of the leading causes of depression? Depression can have a lasting negative impact on your health and quality of life. So what can you do?
First, look for signs of hearing loss, by asking yourself these questions:
- Are you regularly asking others to repeat themselves?
- Do you find it difficult to understand what people are saying on the phone?
- Are you listening to the TV or radio at volumes that are uncomfortable to those around you?
- Do you experience ringing in one or both ears?
- Do you avoid social settings because it’s difficult to hear the conversation
Second, look for the signs of depression. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, along with having less energy or losing interest in your hobbies are all signs of depression. If you feel like these symptoms may be adding up, talk to your doctor. You can find more symptoms here: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-causes#1
If you do have hearing loss, you need to see a hearing care provider right away. Prolonging treatment for hearing loss can lead to more damage which can then lead to a higher risk of depression.
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