Untreated Hearing Loss Can Also Lead To Depression, Loneliness, ‘Very Big Issues’

Contributed by Elizabeth Lande

5/14/2021 • 5 min read

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"In my private practice, I was starting to notice more and more, that I was having difficulty hearing the people that were coming in."

Tom Kersting

48-year-old Tom Kersting has struggled with his hearing since he was in elementary school. His condition has progressively gotten worse and five years ago it began impacting the New Jersey psychotherapist at work.

“As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, 48-year-old Tom Kersting has struggled with his hearing since he was in elementary school. His condition has progressively gotten worse and five years ago it began impacting the New Jersey psychotherapist at work.” From his personal experience with hearing loss, Tom wanted to share his story with others. He is working with HearingLife, as a spokesperson, to spread the word about the importance of having your hearing tested at any age. As a psychotherapist, Tom understands the isolation and depression that untreated hearing loss can lead to and he encourages others to “focus not on what you’ve lost, but instead on what you can gain by getting help”.

See his fitting on CBS News