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The Role of Hearing Loss in Late-life Depression

The Role of Hearing Loss in Late-life Depression

Clinical depression has been referred to as the “common cold” of mental illness. Statistical figures on the incidence of depression are staggering. It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 Americans will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lives. The total number of individuals suffering from depression in the United States currently exceeds the 18-million mark. Not surprisingly, the elderly comprise one of the largest segments of the clinically depressed population, particularly among those living in institutional settings. Given the prevalence of hearing loss, its...

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Depression and Hearing Loss

Staff Standpoint | August 2018 Hearing Review By Karl E. Strom Depression and its connection to hearing loss seems pretty logical and self-evident, especially if you’re a dispensing professional who experiences daily the difference that amplification can make in a person’s life. In fact, many clinicians find themselves explaining the connection as follows: a person’s hearing loss and related communication problems can lead to gaffes and social faux pas; leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem; leading to gradual withdrawal from social situations and physical...

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Children with Hearing Loss May Experience Higher Rate of Bullying

New UT Dallas research indicates that children and adolescents with hearing loss experience higher rates of peer victimization, or bullying, than children with typical hearing, UT Dallas announced in a press release on its website. In the study, approximately 50% of the adolescents with hearing loss said they were picked on in at least one way in the past year. Previous studies show about 28% of adolescents in the general population report being bullied. “I thought more children and adolescents with hearing loss would report getting picked on, but I did not expect the rates to be twice...

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Untreated Hearing Loss Puts Children at Risk

Untreated Hearing Loss Puts Children at Risk

Washington — Too many children with hearing loss aren’t getting adequate help and are being put at risk for social, emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) warned.. citing a national study exploring the unforeseen consequences of untreated hearing loss in America’s children. The warning comes just as educators and parents are preparing for the start of school, and as Democratic and Republican policymakers are preparing their party platforms for the November elections. In a recent national study titled “Are 1 Million Dependents with...

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If Hearing Loss is Not Treated, Brain Can ‘Forget’ How to Hear and Understand Speech, Says Expert

If Hearing Loss is Not Treated, Brain Can ‘Forget’ How to Hear and Understand Speech, Says Expert

Most of the 28 million Americans living with untreated hearing loss may be unaware that failure to take corrective action could result in the brain actually “forgetting” how to hear and understand speech, according to audiologist Cindy Beyer, AuD, senior VP, HearUSA, West Palm Beach, Fla. “When the brain is insufficiently stimulated by sound over a period of time, it can lose a portion of its ability to process information,” said Beyer in a statement released by the company. “This condition is called auditory deprivation, and studies indicate that the longer a...

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Untreated Hearing Loss and Depression in Adults

Untreated Hearing Loss and Depression in Adults

Mr. Smith suffers from “isolation, inactivity, lack of enjoyment and negative thinking.” His wife complains that lately he “speaks less” and “with more silences.” He “takes longer to respond to the remarks of others,” and his face is “relatively devoid of animation.” He “gestures” infrequently, and when he does communicate, she says he is “likely to express negative feelings.” Recently, he has been “hostile and demanding.” Sound familiar? Does Mr. Smith sound to you like he might have a significant hearing problem? He could, but these descriptions are cited by...

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