Every week, hearing care professionals probably see several patients who they suspect are suffering from depression. In fact, depression is present in about 5-10% of the US population and can be very prevalent (40%) in some at-risk populations. But what really is depression, what are the risk factors, and what can hearing care professionals do about it?
Research continues to link hearing loss to depression, loneliness, and many other chronic diseases. It would seem logical that hearing loss might lead to social isolation, then to loneliness, depression, and an erosion in quality of life. However, as this webinar by Victor Bray, PhD, of Salus University points out, the problem may be much more complicated.
Sponsored by Hamilton CapTel®, this webinar offers an overview of important research into hearing loss, depression, loneliness, dual-sensory losses, and other chronic conditions. It is designed to give hearing care professionals (and interested physicians and healthcare experts) an update about current research into depression, hearing loss, hearing aids, assistive devices, and treatment options.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- Key findings and practical “take-aways” from the most important research studies related to hearing loss, depression, anxiety, and loneliness;
- The risk factors for depression in people who have hearing loss, and how amplification and assistive devices may (or may not) help patients with depression;
- How special cases—including sudden sensorineural hearing loss and balance disorders—may warrant special considerations regarding depression;
- Why hearing care professionals can and should screen for depression when risk factors are present.
To view this FREE 46-minute webinar, click here!
This webinar has also been summarized in a downloadable PDF with references. Click here to get to the download page.