October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month: a topic that for many has never been more relevant.
With social distancing and limited group interactions now commonplace against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, increased feelings of isolation and loneliness have become more prevalent, especially for the senior population.
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020. In fact, surveys showed almost 41% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition related to the pandemic.
While this is a harsh reality for many, it is one that is amplified for those living with hearing loss, one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States, according to the American Academy of Audiology, and one that is, unfortunately, all too commonly left untreated.
Roughly three out of five older Americans with hearing loss and six out of seven middle-aged Americans with hearing loss do not use hearing aids. Even more concerning, a survey by the National Council On The Aging found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.
“The danger of falling into depression has always been there for those who experience hearing loss and let it go untreated,” said Dr. Thomas Tedeschi, Chief Audiology Officer at Minneapolis-based Miracle-Ear. “In fact, untreated hearing loss has been linked to many serious conditions, including depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. But there are ways to prevent this from happening, and the first step toward potential treatment is getting your hearing checked.”
As essential services, many hearing aid centers remain open during the pandemic and are taking appointments. For instance, Miracle-Ear is offering free hearing evaluations at all its more than 1,500 locally owned and operated stores and recently partnered with internationally renowned experts to implement rigorous protocols and safety standards in their stores. If you or someone you love would benefit from a free hearing examination, make an appointment today by calling 844-740-9961 or conveniently booking online at www.miracle-ear.com.
Amplifon, global leader in the hearing care retail market, empowers people to rediscover all the emotions of sound. Amplifon’s around 17,000 people worldwide strive every day to understand the unique needs of every customer, delivering exclusive, innovative and highly personalized products and services, to ensure everyone the very best solution and an outstanding experience. Amplifon operates through a network of around 11,000 points of sale in 28 countries and 5 continents. More information about the company is available at www.amplifon.com/corporate.
Miracle-Ear, a division of Amplifon Group, has been a trusted resource in hearing solutions for over 70 years. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Miracle-Ear specializes in customizable hearing solutions that feature discreet, comfortable products designed to meet each individual’s hearing loss needs. Free hearing evaluations are available at more than 1,500 franchised locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.miracle-ear.com.