Hearing Loss & Depression
Those who suffer from hearing loss are less likely to participate in social activities, leading to withdrawal and isolation. In turn, these changes in social activity can lead to serious negative emotional consequences, including depression and its related symptoms: anxiety, anger, frustration, paranoia and emotional instability.
Because hearing loss is an “invisible disability”, personality changes may not be immediately connected to hearing loss. Due to the increasing prevalence of hearing loss, however, it should be suspected as a possible cause when a loved one begins to withdraw from previously enjoyable social activities.