Our expert says:
Hearing loss can indeed controbute to depression, and can promote a degree of paranoia ( you can't quite hear what others are saying and may suspect its unpleasant ). I suppose as depression can make it harder to concentrate ( a common complaint in hearing-normal folks who get depressed ) it might make it harder for someone hard-of-hearing to piece together what they hear and to make sense of it, It'd probably make it harder to use sign-language, too.
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