Numerous studies have confirmed that loss of hearing can have an impact on your brain. (Some of our previous blogs clearly show that.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been shown to be capable of helping you regain 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 improve cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
To recognize the link between cognition and your ears, it’s important to know that a significant portion of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. It’s the brain’s job to convert sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. The regions of the brain that translate sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
Combined with other considerations (such as social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can trigger the onset of specific mental health issues. In persons with untreated hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to observe an increase in the chances of depression, anxiety, and dementia.
When you wear hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- Social solitude will be less likely. Conversations will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more inclined to participate.
- Because you’ll be capable of coupling your hearing aids with consistent screening and other treatment methods, you can help keep your hearing from becoming increasingly 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.
Hearing aids can lessen dementia, anxiety, and depression because they enhance your brain and your social life.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have begun containing novel technology that is able to notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person wearing the hearing aids experiences a fall. This can lessen long term injuries and complications though it won’t stop the fall itself.
- The health of your inner ear: Loss of hearing in and of itself will not result in inner ear injury. But there is frequently a common cause for both loss of hearing and inner ear damage. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in some situations, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment regimen.
- Creating better awareness: Sometimes, you fall because you’re not aware of your environment. Your situational awareness can be seriously hindered by hearing issues. Figuring out which direction sound is coming from can be as challenging as hearing sound in general. A fall or other injury can be the consequence.
Truthfully, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re wearing hearing aids. A hearing aid helps you stay more alert, more mindful, and more tuned in, improving cognitive capabilities and physical health at the same time.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even addressed the fact that a hearing aid will also help you hear. So it seems like when you consider all of the positive aspects associated with wearing hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (not something you need to overthink).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be hard to identify hearing loss when it occurs slowly over time. That’s the reason why having a regular hearing test is important. Without hearing aids, hearing loss can worsen a wide variety of other health problems.
Hearing aids will lessen the possibility of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Aside from helping you hear, hearing aids provide a remarkable number of benefits.