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Is lack of concentration or hearing disability or depression which is leading to social isolation?

Hi , I was diagnosed hearing impaired when I was years old but i have threw away my hearing aid since I was 10 years since it wasn t compatible with my hearing loss also i hear too loud voices and annoying noise i was unable to detect the words or make out of what people say . Until my university stage when I faced failure for the first time in my life i suffered of depression after failing first year . nevertheless I kept failing successively for 4 years till i recovered from depression last year after strenuous efforts to get out of it meanwhile I bought new hearing aids Now i am feeling really better and i don t suffer of amnesia or emotional unstability and fatigue But i find some difficulties in studying . I find it hard to assimilate the information or think critically about an issue unless i should do extreme efforts to make out of it also that takes long time ( days , months) to get the puzzle pieces recollected together my question is : is that the problem of concentration and ability to assimilate and think critically linked to my social isolation due to my hearing disability or it is lingering effects of depression ? Now im in last year and i am longing for graduate this year .. thank you for the effort you make to help people to overcome the depression :)
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for your query. I can understand your predicament. Sensory deprivation like hearing loss predispose to depressive illness. However, it is encouraging that with hearing aids your hearing has significantly improved. Hence, i accept your depressive symptoms to resolve early without any intervention. You can seek psychological counselling and supportive psychotherapy in the interim. Hope you found the information usefu.
Dr Sundar Gnanavel
Answered: Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
Thanks for choosing Health Care Magic to solve your problems. Hearing impairment can lead to depression and the same occurred to you. But good that you have come out of it. The ability to learn is best if we assimilate information from all the senses. If there is a fault in one of the senses like hearing in your case, then it may lead to some learning impairment. But then that is not very significant. All said you appear to have a low self esteem at present and are not confident enough at present. Some talk therapy to boost your confidence and the way you think should surely benefit you. may be you can visit a psychiatrist for the same,
Thanks. Have a nice day.
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is possible that the difficulty in concentration, difficulty in thinking clearly and social isolation could be due to the effects of depression. Since you mention that you've got a good hearing aid and that you don't have any problems with hearing now, it is unlikely that your problems are due to your hearing impairment. If you are having recurrent such symptoms or having difficulty managing your stress, then I would advise you consult a psychiatrist for a detailed psychological assessment and further treatment. There are effective treatment options - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy which will help you overcome your problems.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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