Hearing Loss and Depression - Family Hearing Aid Center Oahu
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Many people experience depression during the holiday season for a variety of reasons including fatigue, family tensions, and financial limitations. Depression can affect anyone at any age, but according to a study conducted by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, 15 out of every 100 adults over the age of 65 in the United States reported feeling depressed.

One reason may be that as people age, they experience more chronic health problems. In 1999, the National Council on Aging found that older adults who suffered from untreated hearing loss were more likely to report feelings of depression and anxiety than those whose hearing loss had been treated.

If unable to hear or understand what is being said in conversation or social situations and if unwilling to admit it, an older person may experience increased feelings of isolation from family and friends.

Ask for a complete hearing evaluation if a loved one consistently demonstrates the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially when background noise is present.
  • Isolating themselves from social gatherings and public situations.
  • Watching television or listening to the radio at a much louder volume than normal.
  • Often asking for people to repeat themselves.

If these behaviors are present in one of your family members, and a hearing loss is diagnosed, treatment can improve or preserve the quality of life. A hearing health care professional can determine the best rehabilitation program including assessment of the hearing loss, fitting of hearing aids or other assistive devices (such as phone amplifiers), hearing aid orientation, and counseling for family members and caregivers. An aural rehabilitation program that helps individuals learn how to use hearing aids and other assistive listening devices in their environments is important for success.

If a hearing loss is discovered and treated, but does not eliminate symptoms of depression, family and friends can seek advice or assistance from family doctors, mental health specialists, hospital outpatient clinics, community mental health center, clergy, social agencies and private clinics.

YOUR TOP RATED & NEW FAVORITE HEARING SPECIALIST IN OAHU, HI...

I was very impressed by the quality of the care and the exemplary service that I and my family received! I highly recommend them! They use a variety of tests and spend the time to explain everything to you and they answer your questions very patiently! Mahalo!!! - Barony 5 star hearing reviews

Came in yesterday for my mother due to an ad invite for a new hearing device and instead got more than we came for, a thorough ear/hearing tests and insurance options expert advice without sales pitch hint. Dr. Wesley Nakamura's patience and knowledge made us feel comfortable and he genuinely wants to help us, putting our best interest first. Neat and clean office with super friendly staff! Too bad Yelp only got 5 stars when I could easily give it a 10! Thank you Wes and the staff !!! Aloha! - Andy andy hearing review in oahu hi

I took a hearing test there and had the best experience ever! Dr. Nakamura is really generous, friendly, and heartwarming. He made sure if I felt comfortable when I am in the small room for the hearing test. He knows well with hearing aids and he fixed feedback of my hearing aid like in 5 minutes. The feedback bothered me for a long time but it got so much better. He speaks Japanese very well, too. I would definitely come back to here if I ever get a problem with my hearing aids. Thank you so much!! - Manae top rated hearing reviews in oahu

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of our Audiology office. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Our Honolulu Office
615 Piikoi St, Suite 1111
Honolulu, HI 96814

Phone: 808.973.1551

For Japenese Call: 808.792.2802

Hours:
Mon - Sat: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Our Pearl City Office
1245 Kuala St., Suite 104
Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: 808.483.4131

Hours:
Mon - Sat: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Our Kaneohe Office
46-028 Kawa St., Suite A9
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Phone: 808.233.1100

Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Our Kahala Office
4211 Waialae Ave., Suite 509
Kahala, HI 96816

Phone: 808.777.3525

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Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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