BHI urges adults to get their hearing tested to protect their mental health

WASHINGTON, DC—Researchers have found that untreated hearing loss and the ensuing communication difficulties and social isolation are correlated with increased incidence of depression and other mental health issues. That’s why in observance of World Mental Health Day 2014, October 10, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging adults of all ages to get their hearing tested to help protect their mental and emotional well being.

BHI, a part of the Hearing Industries Association, notes that studies have shown that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids tend to have fewer depressive symptoms, be more engaged socially, and enjoy a better quality of life than those whose condition goes untreated.

To help people determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional, BHI offers a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check at its web site.



While the incidence of hearing loss rises with age, the condition is by no means confined to the senior population. In fact, most people in the U.S. with hearing loss are under age 65.

Moreover, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, the correlation between hearing loss and self-reported depression is stronger among those aged 18 to 69 than among older people with hearing loss.

In its announcement, BHI pointed to research findings showing that the use of hearing aids can help reduce depressive symptoms and lead to an improved quality of life.

Much more information on hearing loss and its treatment is available from BHI online.