Feeling depressed? Try a hearing aid.

Researchers have discovered a new treatment for depression.

It’s not therapy, and it doesn’t involve soothing candles or prickly acupuncture needles.

It’s as simple as using a hearing aid.

A recent survey of more than 2,000 hearing-impaired adults over the age of 50 found that those with untreated hearing loss reported more depression, anxiety and paranoia than those who wore hearing aids. They were also less likely to participate in organized social activities.

Not only did the respondents with untreated hearing loss report feelings of sadness more frequently (30 percent, compared to 22 percent of hearing aid users), they also reported feeling as though people got angry with them “for no reason,” a common indicator of paranoia according to many psychologists.

Hearing loss can lead to frequent misunderstandings. If you can’t hear what people are saying, it’s easy to think they’re getting angry at you for no reason. It’s also easy to shut yourself off from family and friends because attempting to communicate with them can be frustrating and draining.

The good news: Hearing aid wearers reported significant improvements in almost every area of their lives. Relationships with family, conditions at home, social life, work environment, and other factors all improved with the use of hearing aids.

The takeaway: If you are suffering from hearing loss, it’s time to do something about it. Hearing aids won’t just improve your hearing; they’ll improve your entire life.

Schedule an appointment at Harbor Audiology today.