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Letters Depression in older adults

Depression in older adults: hearing loss is an important factor

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 15 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l160
  1. Ted Leverton, retired general practitioner
  1. Bere Alston PL20 7HB, UK
  1. tleverton{at}

Depression is common among older people, for many reasons.1 As Wilkinson and colleagues remind us, medical treatment of this group is particularly prone to cause side effects. Treating hearing loss has fewer ill effects and greater benefits; I think it should be the first intervention to try.

Hearing loss becomes almost …

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