How do you define your own mental health, and what makes you feel mentally well? Covid 19 has certainly made us pause to consider how the loss of personal freedom, massive challenges to economic security, and fear of physical illness, can impact our sense of peace.
A research study by Henssler et al. (2021) in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, identifies that people who are isolated are affected by depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, and anger. These effects are unsurprisingly heightened during this very hard time on earth. Their study reflects that we human beings are happiest as truly gregarious, conscious, and self-determining creatures.
An article in The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) reflects that people with hearing loss may already feel isolated and lonely, because of the impact of hearing loss on communication, relationships, and the expending of energy when socialising. Depression and deteriorated thinking are also potential mental health outcomes of a hearing problem. Living with hearing loss therefore has an undeniable detrimental impact on one’s mental health, and it is with deep empathy that we consider people with hearing loss during the pandemic- where masks have complicated the challenges to clear communication. It has given people with normal hearing a small inkling of what many must deal with, every day.