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(STUDY FINDS) — NEW YORK — Elderly people suffering from hearing loss are more likely to experience symptoms of depression, and the greater the degree of hearing loss, the more intense those symptoms are, a new study finds.

The findings by researchers at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center suggest that the treatment of age-related hearing loss, which is chronically undervalued by the elderly community, could also help with those struggling with late-life depression.

“It’s understandable how hearing loss could contribute to depressive symptoms,” says lead author Justin S. Golub, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Columbia, in a statement. “People with hearing loss have trouble communicating and tend to become more socially isolated, and social isolation can lead to depression.”

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