Moderate Effects of Hearing Loss on Mental Health and Subjective Well-Being: Results From the Nord-Trøndelag Hearing Loss Study

@article{Tambs2004ModerateEO,
  title={Moderate Effects of Hearing Loss on Mental Health and Subjective Well-Being: Results From the Nord-Tr{\o}ndelag Hearing Loss Study},
  author={Kristian Tambs},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={66},
  pages={776-782}
}
  • K. Tambs
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
Objective: To estimate effects of hearing loss on symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and subjective well-being. Methods: A normal population sample of 50,398 subjects, age 20 to 101 years, in Nord-Trøndelag completed audiometric tests and questionnaires. The association between hearing loss and mental health was assessed with multiple linear regression analyses, controlling for social background variables. Results: Effects of hearing loss were mostly significant, but moderate in… 
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