About 28 million individuals could benefit from wearing hearing aids. Which means that 28 million people would here their world better if they had hearing aids. But there are also a number of other, rather unexpected health advantages that you can start to take advantage of thanks to your hearing aids.
It turns out that something as straight forward as using your hearing aids could be good for your physical and mental health. These tiny devices can help counter (or forestall) everything from depression to fall-induced-injury. Your hearing aids can literally help you stay on your feet.
Mental Health Benefits of Hearing Aids
Modern medical research has solidly demonstrated a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Currently, the thinking is that, for a mixture of social, mental, and physical causes, hearing loss can trigger an increased danger of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and dementia.
So it’s no surprise that the latest analyses has shown that hearing aids may have substantial mental health advantages.
Reducing Your Chances of Dementia
Your risk of dementia can be reduced, according to one study, by almost 20%. And all you have to do to make the most of this amazing advantage is remember to wear your hearing daily.
In other studies, the arrival of dementia was slowed by as much as two years by wearing hearing aids. Further research has to be done to help explain and duplicate these results, but it’s certainly encouraging.
Reduce Anxiety And Depression
Depression and anxiety are not symptoms that are exclusive to people who suffer from hearing loss. But individuals with hearing loss have been shown to have a higher risk of anxiety and depression over time.
Wearing your hearing aids can help keep you socially involved and mentally engaged. Hearing aids can be especially helpful if those factors are contributing to depression and anxiety.
You’ll Feel Less Lonely
While it might not sound as dire or important as dementia, isolation can be a serious issue for individuals who suffer from untreated hearing loss, social isolation often being the cause and worsening symptoms. That social isolation can cause considerable changes to your mood. So being able to stay social and connected thanks to your hearing aid can be a big advantage.
And this is an excellent reason why, for example, your hearing aid can help prevent conditions such as depression. All of these health issues, to some extent, are in some way linked.
Hearing Aids And Physical Advantages
There is some data which indicates that as hearing loss symptoms become more apparent, your risk of stroke escalates. But these studies are in preliminary phases. It’s a little easier to recognize the more pronounced physical benefit of hearing aids: you won’t fall as often.
This happens for two reasons:
- Situational awareness: With hearing aids, your situational awareness will be enhanced letting you stay away of obstacles and avoid falling down. If your pet, as an example, is zooming out to greet you, you will be able to hear them coming and will be prepared for them to be under your feet.
- Fall detection: Many times, it’s getting back up after a fall that is the significant danger, not the fall itself. Fall detection is a standard feature of many newer hearing aid designs. You can save emergency phone numbers into your phone which will be automatically called if you take a tumble.
Falling can have pretty significant health effects, especially as you get older. So preventing falls (or decreasing the damage from falling) can be a huge benefit that ripples throughout your general health.
Make Certain You Wear Your Hearing Aids
It’s worth noting that all of these benefits apply to those who suffer from hearing ailments. Hearing aids won’t, for instance, help someone with healthy hearing avoid a fall.
But using your hearing aids, if you do have hearing loss, is the smartest thing you can do for general health.