A recent study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDOCD) provided numerical confirmation of a long suspected and logical connection between hearing loss and depression. Hearing loss creates communication difficulties which can cause embarrassment, frustration, fatigue, and can lead one to retreat socially and become isolated. Isolation in turn creates feelings of loneliness, misunderstanding, and depression. Dr. Chuan-Ming Li, the study’s author, noted that over 11% of adults with “a little hearing trouble or greater hearing impairment” suffered moderate to severe depression compared to only 5% of the population with “excellent” hearing. That’s more than double the incidents of depression when hearing loss is present. Dr. Li acknowledges that the study does not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. But Dr. Sergei Kochkin of the Better Hearing Institute observes that 9 out of 10 people reported a significant improvement in quality of life after acquiring hearing aids and thorough professional services.



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