Hypoacusis leads to depression

Awareness

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The progressive loss of hearing in adults over 60 causes other problems such as depression, anxiety, and social alienation. Among early symptoms, patients fail to understand sentences and feel embarrassed about this, leading to social alienation.

The otorhinolaryngology unit of the Family Medicine Department (Mexican Institute of Social Security's Medical Treatment Centre 52) claims that 30% of elderly adults present hearing loss, and the figure climbs to 55% in over-75s. In addition, 60% of over-55s are diagnosed with presbyacusis. There are diverse factors which contribute to the elderly losing their hearing: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, constant exposure to noise, ear infections, and genetic predisposition.

K.A.J.