London – A new study, published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, shows prevalence of depression and anxiety was between 2 and 2.56 higher in women compared to men. Lead author Shahina Pardhan from Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Our study found that while sensory loss, particularly both vision and hearing loss, results in a higher number of the population reporting depression and anxiety, the association is particularly strong in women. This highlights the importance of interventions to address vision and hearing loss, especially in women. Some sensory loss is preventable or treatable, and clearly these issues are taking their toll not just on physical health, but mental health too.” The research team looked at survey data from over 23,000 adults, where participants had self-reported whether they had suffered depression or anxiety, and also whether they experienced vision, hearing, or dual (both vision and hearing) sensory impairment. Women with dual sensory impairment were almost three and a half times more likely to report depression or anxiety than those who did not have any impairment compared to men.