Hearing Loss and Feelings of Depression

Adults with untreated hearing loss are less likely to participate in organized social activities, leading to feelings of depression.

It is important to recognize early signs of hearing loss.  Feelings of isolation and depression may be side effects of untreated hearing loss.

Consider a hearing test if:

  1. You sometimes feel embarrassed to meet new people because you have a hard time understanding.
  2. You feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have a hard time hearing them.
  3. You limit your personal or social life because of your hearing.

Hearing loss may limit your social engagement and lead to depression if:

  1. You avoid simple duties.
  2. You find yourself avoiding or withdrawing from social situations.
  3. You feel alone even with family and friends.


1. Lin, Frank R., and Marilyn Albert. “Hearing Loss and Dementia – Who’s Listening?” Aging & Mental Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075051/.

2. Li C, Zhang X, Hoffman HJ, Cotch MF, Themann CL, Wilson MR. Hearing Impairment Associated With Depression in US Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2010. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(4):293–302. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.42

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