Lockdown Could Worsen Hearing Woes for U.S. Seniors | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Isolation due to the pandemic and failure to get hearing aids checked has fueled anxiety, depression and more hearing loss for many seniors.

“This has been a very difficult time as senior facilities and individuals try to balance poor health outcomes related to COVID-19 versus poor health outcomes related to social isolation,” said Catherine Palmer, president of the American Academy of Audiology.

Unfortunately, older adults who use hearing aids may be using them less, because they think there’s no one to interact with. This can reduce sound input to the brain and lead to auditory deprivation. The individual will be seen as not hearing as well and needing extra effort when communicating.

“Family members and friends should encourage their loved ones to continue to use their hearing aids — there is always sound around us,” Palmer said

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