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New study on the link between hearing loss and mental health

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New study on the link between hearing loss and mental health
By Rebecca Grundy MSW., RSW
Program Director, Counselling Services

I recently read this article on a new study linking hearing loss and depression, “Especially for women, hearing loss linked to depression”. The findings of this study seem to reflect the experience of persons with hearing loss that contact our counsellors here at CHS. We see anxiety and depression in people learning to live with a newly acquired hearing loss or with a progressive hearing loss. It is important to recognize that societal barriers do influence the experience of anxiety and depression for Deaf individuals. 

Grandmothers struggle to understand their young grandchild’s speech. Women experience the stigma of hearing loss in the workplace as their colleagues chat about the local news at lunch. Grieving the loss of hearing may include loss of relationships, loss of status in the community and bring stress to everyday communication situations at the bank, grocery store, or the playground.

Our counsellors understand the loss experience and are here to assist a person coping with this loss. CHS counsellors are here to support people in learning more about their hearing loss, effective communication strategies and how to explain this to others in their life, thereby mitigating isolation and withdrawal - common symptoms of depression. CHS promotes hearing health care, counselling services and is a good resource for those with hearing loss.

 

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