Hearing loss & social isolation – the silent burden

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 | carra86p | 2 Comments

Charlotte Gordon*

Untreated hearing loss is a large direct cause of disability and is associated with increased risk of social isolation, depression and anxiety. Māori are at risk of greater unmet needs in hearing health care in Aotearoa New Zealand, which can contribute to greater inequities. This blog argues that significant changes are needed in order to increase access to hearing healthcare and to reduce the risk and consequences of social isolation.

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