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February 27th, 2014 | General | by Andreas Seelisch

INFOGRAPHIC: Mental Health & Hearing Loss

As the links between mental health and hearing loss continue to be uncovered by researchers, it’s becoming clear that the effects of hearing loss have greater implications for your overall health besides simply hearing less. There are studies that have shown links to diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Statistics Canada found that 50% more Canadians reported having hearing-related problems than those reporting problems with their eyesight. Hearing loss is usually associated with aging, but the population is showing signs of hearing loss at a younger age, including people in their 30’s and 40’s.

With this in mind, accepting your hearing loss and completing a hearing test could be the first step to improving your hearing health and improving your long-term quality of life.

Some common signs of hearing loss include:

  • Avoiding social situations
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Relationship strain
  • Reduced productivity at work, which could affect your employment
  • Stress
  • Reduced alertness
  • An increased risk to personal safety
  • Depression

Source: Statistics Canada

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