World Mental Health Day – 10th Oct 2020

Hearing Loss and Mental Health

Hearing is one of our five main senses, and losing it results in an enormous tax on our mental capacity. As a result of this, an untreated hearing problem can lead to serious issues with mental health; including:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear of social situations
  • Dementia

Hearing loss and tinnitus can create anxiety in everyday situations. They can cause individuals to feel frustrated and stressed, which can make the perceived hearing loss and tinnitus worse. Isolation can be a devastating effect of reduced hearing, affecting relationships with family, friends and colleagues.  Untreated hearing loss can also lead to cognitive decline as the auditory part of the brain is not being used as effectively. 

So what can we do?

Protect your hearing and look after your mental health.

The sooner someone seeks help for their hearing loss, the better. Treatment may include hearing devices but individuals may also benefit from communication tactics, information and support. Simply addressing the needs of the individual can have a huge impact on quality of life.

Collaborative working between Audiology practices, mental health services and GPs can ensure that effective and holistic support is provided.

We need to remove the barriers faced by those who are hard of hearing, and encourage support networks to protect against hearing loss and mental health problems.

Look out for your family, friends and loved ones.  If you believe they are suffering from the effects of hearing loss, encourage and support them to seek help.

If you want more information on how to take care of your mental well-being, Mind can offer advice and support.

Contact us if you have any questions or want to discuss how we can help.