About 28 million people could be helped by wearing hearing aids. What this means is that 28 million people could here their environment clearer if they had hearing aids. But there are also a number of other, relatively surprising health advantages that you can begin to enjoy thanks to your hearing aids.
Your mental and physical health can, as it turns out, be improved by something as simple as using hearing aids. Everything from a risk of falling to depression can be slowed or even stopped by these gadgets. Your hearing aids can literally help you stay on your feet.
Hearing Aids And Mental Health Advantages
The connection between neglected hearing loss and cognitive decline is rather well demonstrated by modern medical research. The current thinking is that, for a mixture of mental, social, and physical factors, hearing loss can bring about an escalated risk of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and dementia.
So the mental health benefits of hearing aids shouldn’t be all that surprising.
Decreasing Your Chances of Dementia
Your chances of dementia can be lowered, as reported by one study, by almost 20%. That’s a fantastic benefit when the only thing you need to do is remember to wear your hearing aids each day.
In other research, the arrival of dementia was delayed by as much as two years by wearing hearing aids. Further research has to be conducted to help explain and replicate these findings, but it’s definitely encouraging.
Reduce Depression And Anxiety
Anxiety and depression aren’t symptoms that are unique to those who suffer from hearing loss. But people who suffer from hearing loss have been shown to be at a higher risk of depression and anxiety over time.
When you have hearing aids, you tend to stay more tuned in mentally and engaged socially. Hearing aids can be especially helpful if those factors are contributing to depression and anxiety.
You Won’t Feel as Lonely
While dementia may sound much more extreme, isolation can be a serious problem for individuals who suffer from neglected hearing loss, caused by and exacerbating a sense of social isolation. That social isolation can cause considerable changes to your disposition. So being able to remain social and connected with help from your hearing aid can be a huge benefit.
And this is a good reason why, for example, your hearing aid can help protect against conditions like depression. All of these health concerns, to some extent, are in some manner linked.
Hearing Aids And Physical Benefits
There’s some evidence which indicates that as hearing loss symptoms become more noticeable, your danger of stroke goes up. But this research is in preliminary phases. The most obvious (and perceptible) physical advantage of hearing aids is a little more straightforward: you’ll fall less frequently.
There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Situational awareness: With hearing aids, your situational awareness will be improved allowing you to steer clear of obstacles and avoid falling down.
- Fall detection: Many times, it’s getting back up after a fall that is the real hazard, not the fall itself. Fall detection is a built-in feature of many newer hearing aid designs. With specific settings equipped, when you have a fall, a call will immediately be made to one of your pre-programmed emergency contacts so they will know to check on you.
As you get older falling down can have a devastating effect on your health. So your general health can be protected by decreasing damage from falls or avoiding them entirely.
Make Certain You Wear Your Hearing Aids
These benefits, it’s worth mentioning, pertain to individuals who suffer from hearing impairment. Hearing aids won’t, for example, help someone with healthy hearing avoid a fall.
But wearing your hearing aids, if you do have hearing loss, is the best thing you can do for general health.