That loss of hearing can impact your brain has been established in multiple studies. (Some of our other blogs clearly show that.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been proven to be capable of helping you restore some of that cognitive ability.
This is not to imply that hearing aids are in some way going to make you more intelligent. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can increase cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
You Accomplish a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
It’s essential to recognize how big a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to understand the connection between your ears and cognition. That’s where the vibrations of the world are converted into the sounds of your surroundings. The parts of your brain that decipher sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
In combination with other considerations (like social solitude), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can trigger the onset of certain mental health problems. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are a lot more obvious in people who have neglected hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- Social isolation will be less likely. You will be more likely to engage with people if you’re able to hear and understand discussions.
- Because you’ll be able to couple your hearing aids with routine screening and other treatment options, you can help keep your hearing from becoming progressively worse.
- The regions of your brain responsible for hearing will get a more consistent workout; the more your brain works, the healthier your brain will be.
Keeping You on Your Toes
Hearing aids can lessen dementia, anxiety, and depression because they enhance your brain and your social life.
- The health of your inner ear: Hearing loss in and of itself will not cause inner ear damage. However, sometimes hearing loss and inner ear damage have a mutual cause. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in many instances, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment regimen.
- New technology: Hearing aids have started integrating unique technology that is able to alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person wearing the hearing aids has a fall. This can lessen long lasting complications and injuries even though it won’t stop the fall itself.
- Raising awareness: At times, because you’re not mindful of your surroundings, you may have a fall. Your situational awareness can be severely hampered by hearing conditions. Identifying what direction sound is originating from can be as challenging as hearing sound in general. Without treatment, this can wind up resulting in a fall or injury.
Inevitably, when you’re wearing a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall to begin with. A hearing aid keeps you more alert, more aware, and more tuned in, maximizing cognitive abilities and physical health at the same time.
Stop Ignoring Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet discussed the fundamental hearing benefits of hearing aids. So it seems as if when you factor in all of the positive aspects connected to using hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing fades away slowly, you might have a hard time recognizing it. That’s the reason why it’s essential to get your hearing tested on a regular basis. Without hearing aids, hearing loss can exacerbate a wide range of other health issues.
The right hearing aid can, in part, slow the onset of depression and dementia, while lessening the occurrences of some physical injuries. That’s a striking mix of benefits that hearing aids offer, and they also help your hearing.