It might be related to your hearing. If you’re experiencing depression, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional. You may also want to get your hearing checked.
In a nationwide study, 11.4% of hearing-impaired adults age 18 or older suffered from moderate to severe depression, compared to 5.9% of those who had no hearing loss. The research was conducted by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Especially vulnerable to hearing loss-related depression were women and individuals younger than age 70, according to the NIDCD study. One person who’s not surprised by these findings is James Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging. “People with hearing loss, especially those who don’t use hearing aids, find it more difficult to communicate with other people, whether in family situations, social gatherings or at work,” he states.