In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8); National Depression Screening Day (October 6); and World Mental Health Day (October 10), we believe it is important to educate the public and medical profession on the link between hearing loss and depression—as well as the impact the services of a hearing healthcare professional can have on improving the quality of life of people suffering from depression or emotional problems.
A growing body of research indicates that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression. Studies also show that when these individuals use hearing aids, they experience significant improvements in quality of life and decreased depressive symptoms; have significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids; and experience significant improvement in their functional health status.
The Better Hearing Institute has issued a National press release "Link between Depression and Untreated Hearing Loss Highlighted by BHI during Mental Illness Awareness Week."
Hearing healthcare professionals are encouraged to join the BHI media campaign by downloading (See 2011 Mental Illness Awareness Week Campaign) and using our customizable press release and media backgrounder, " Depression and Hearing Health," to promote their practices.