Practice Management (PM)
Instructional Level: Fundamental
There are well-known, but sometimes misunderstood, associations between acquired hearing loss and declining mental health. Of clinical importance, major depressive disorder can be associated with untreated hearing loss, resulting in problems with communication, interpersonal relationships, lonliness, and social isolation. However the relationship between depression and hearing loss is complex and audiologists should be aware of several biological, environmental, genetic, and psychosocial factors. This presentation discusses depression in the audiology patient, along with guidance for screening and management.