Hearing Loss Might Make Elderly Feel More Isolated

Social isolation can lead to depression and other health problems. When hearing loss is detected early and treated, it is less likely that isolation will result due to the hearing loss. For the elderly, maintaining social relationships is vital to overall well being. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provide geriatric care management and home care placement services throughout the Jupiter, Palm Beach Island, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and North Palm Beach areas. 

Many elderly people tend to be less outgoing the older they get, but those with hearing loss may become even more socially isolated, according to a new study.

Researchers in Sweden cautioned that hearing loss could affect older people’s well-being. Therefore, diagnosing hearing loss and treating the condition with hearing aids should be supported, they explained in a recent issue of the Journal of Personality.

“Our previous studies have shown that outgoing individuals are happier with their lives,” said study author Anne Ingeborg Berg, licensed psychologist and researcher at the department of psychology at the University of Gothenburg.

“It is hypothesized that an outgoing personality reflects a positive approach to life, but it also probably shows how important it is for most people to share both joy and sadness with others,” she said in a university news release.

“Even if we can’t conclude anything about causal relationships, we can guess that the link between hearing loss and social withdrawal forms a potential threat to older people’s well-being,” Berg stated.

The six-year study involved 400 people aged 80 to 98 years. The participants’ physical and mental health was examined every two years. The investigators also assessed aspects of the seniors’ personalities, such as how outgoing they were.

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