An overview of the psychological consequences of hearing loss over the life course

24 November 202210:00am - 12:00pm
  • Health
From £48
Studious teenager with cochlear implant doing homework


One in six people in the UK is affected by some level of hearing loss. Also, the National Study of Hearing revealed that one in four adults over 50 years old have disabling hearing loss. However, today there is no relevant training opportunity on the psychological needs of people who comprise such a large part of the population.

This webinar will provide for the first time an overview of the latest scientific evidence on the psychological consequences of hearing loss from educational, social, occupational, clinical, health psychological perspectives and through the lens of neuropsychology.

Target audience

The learning is targeted at early and mid-career professionals.

Level: Introductory: no previous knowledge is required.


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Hearing loss can appear at any time in one’s life, and today it is estimated to affect over 12  million adults in the UK. The negative impact of hearing loss does not end with a person’s ability to hear as commonly believed. Losing your ability to hear can dramatically impact the way you interact with others and experience life; hearing loss affects communication, educational opportunities, work participation and employability, family life, and social life.

In addition, studies consistently show poorer mental health outcomes (measured as stress and anxiety, depression, and/or behavioural and emotional disorders) for people with hearing loss than for those without. There is also strong evidence that mild hearing loss doubles the risk of a  person developing dementia with moderate hearing loss leading to three times the risk and severe hearing loss five times the risk.

Due to limited interdisciplinary expertise and fragmentation of approaches within scientific silos, little attention has been paid to the interplay between hearing loss and mental health outcomes. This webinar aims to present for the first time an overview of the psychosocial aspects of hearing loss during the life course and give insights from educational, social, occupational, clinical, health psychological perspectives, and through the lens of neuropsychology.

Learning outcomes

This introductory course will help attendees to understand the social and psychological consequences of hearing loss in several stages across the life span.

Upon completing the course, they will: 

  • Understand the subcategories of the population with hearing loss;
  • Understand the impact of hearing loss on educational achievements in childhood;
  • Be able to link the role of occupational settings with the development of hearing loss and the impact of hearing loss on people’s performance at work;
  • Understand the complex interplay between biological, behavioural, and social factors that influence hearing health;
  • Know how socioeconomic position influences the strength of the relationship between hearing loss and depression;
  • Be aware of how hearing loss may widen socioeconomic inequalities through its graded impact on people’s mental health;
  • Learn the latest knowledge about the link between hearing loss and dementia.


Slides and a reference list will be provided.


Dr Dalia Tsimpida PhD, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA

Dr Dalia Tsimpida is a Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Liverpool, Associate Fellow & Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has 5-year experience teaching health psychology as applied to medicine. Funded by the NIHR, Dr Tsimpida completed psychological research at doctoral level investigating the relationship between hearing loss and depression in older age.

Her work led to the discovery of novel psychosocial mechanisms that can help to explain the relationship between hearing loss and depression in older adults, which was previously unknown despite over 40 years of research in this field. Before academia, she served for 18 years in the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence, where she gained significant experience as a senior research psychologist in designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions and worked as an expert advisor to government departments on behavioural research and analysis.


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