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Hearing loss and depression: clinical relevance

Agnieszka Korkosz-Mierzejewska1, Paweł Mierzejewski2
Psychiatria 2021;18(1):36-41.


The risk of both hearing problems and depression increases in older people. The results of the study indicate an increased
risk of co-occurrence of these problems. Untreated hearing loss can worsen the course of depression, untreated depression
makes it difficult to rehabilitate hearing. The paper discusses the current state of knowledge on the relationship
between hearing loss and depression, potential causal mechanisms. It was proposed that hearing tests should be the
standard for diagnosing depression in people over 55 years of age, and that mental health assessment should be the
standard for dealing with an elderly hearing impaired patient.

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