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Could preventing age-related hearing loss ALSO ward off depression? I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle Weekly News.
New research shows that elderly individuals who have age-related hearing loss exhibit more symptoms of depression. The researchers studied over 5,000 individuals who were at least 50 years of age. They assessed the hearing loss of each participant AND screened each for depression.
The results? According to the article, “Those with mild hearing loss were almost twice as likely to have clinically significant symptoms of depression than those with normal hearing.. And individuals with severe hearing loss had 4 times the odds of having depressive symptoms.”
So why is this important? Age-related hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition in older adults. And, as it turns out, it is both under-diagnosed and under-treated. In fact, the author of the study noted that “Most people over age 70 have at least mild hearing loss, yet relatively few are diagnosed, much less treated, for this condition.”
What does this mean for you or your loved ones? Consider getting tested for hearing loss - and consider treatment if needed.
We just released a new series on Depression! Check out the MedCircle original series “Depression & Substance Abuse: Healthier Coping Strategies for a Happier Life” with Dr. Judy Ho.
I'm Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you're going through, you got this.
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