Focus on Mental Health: Raising Awareness of the Link between Depression and Unaddressed Hearing Loss

September 14, 2012


  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13)
  • World Mental Health Day (October 10)
  • National Depression Screening Day (October 11)

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13);  World Mental Health Day (October 10); and National Depression Screening Day® (October 11), BHI is raising awareness of the link between unaddressed hearing loss and depression, and of the positive impact that hearing aids can have on quality of life for the vast majority of those with hearing loss.

We encourage hearing healthcare professionals throughout the country to join us in our outreach effort. Your participation will provide an important public service—and enhance the visibility of your practice within your own community.

For decades, the hearing healthcare community has closely observed the association between hearing health and quality of life. We see the increase in depressive symptoms when hearing loss is left untreated. And we know that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, their depressive symptoms decrease; they see significant improvements in quality of life and functional health status; and they experience significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids.

You can join BHI’s media campaign by using our customizable press release and media backgrounder, “Depression and Hearing Health" to raise awareness of the link between depression and unaddressed hearing loss in your community. (Download here.  See the 2012 Mental Illness Awareness Week Campaign.)

We thank you for your participation in this important initiative—and for all your efforts throughout the year in raising awareness of the importance of hearing health.