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The Link Between Sports, Depression and Hearing Loss

Head injuries are difficult to diagnose because they're not apparent to an observer. Parents whose kids play high-impact sports or participate in activities where they might suffer falls need to ask questions and to monitor children's behaviour, looking for anything that may be out of character. Depression is one of the symptoms of both concussions and hearing loss. In children, particularly teenagers, it is one of the most serious health issues faced. Yet, it's hard to say what causes that decline in mood. What we do know at Connect Hearing is more than 3 million Canadians have some form of hearing loss, and we are seeing Canadians at younger and younger ages being affected.

According to a groundbreaking study published by the U.S.-based National Council on the Aging (NCOA), untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences. People with hearing loss often feel isolated, lonely and out of place. The condition is one of the most difficult to discuss, particularly with young people because it is incorrectly viewed as a sign of old age.

High-impact sports play a role in the rise in hearing damage, researchers note. Hockey, football, soccer and rugby are among the popular sports with physical aspects that can be damaging to hearing health. Even riding a bicycle puts you at a greater risk of concussion, resulting in hearing loss, dizziness or vertigo — as we will find out in an upcoming article on our blog.

If you have any questions about hearing loss, book a complimentary appointment with any of our clinics across Canada.

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