An estimated 28 million people could benefit from wearing hearing aids. What this means is that 28 million people would here their environment better if they had hearing aids. But there are also certain other, somewhat surprising health benefits that you can start to enjoy thanks to your hearing aids.
Your physical and mental health can, as it so happens, be improved by something as easy as using hearing aids. Everything from depression to a risk of falling can be slowed or even prevented by these devices. Your hearing aids can literally keep you on your feet.
Hearing Aids And Mental Health Benefits
Modern medical research has solidly established a connection between cognitive decline and hearing loss. The current thinking is that, for a mixture of mental, social, and physical factors, hearing loss can bring about an escalated danger of mental illness, like anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and dementia.
So it’s no surprise that the latest analyses has suggested that hearing aids might have substantial mental health advantages.
Reducing Your Risk of Dementia
Your chances of dementia can be reduced, as reported by one study, by almost 20%. And all you need to do to take advantage of this amazing advantage is remember to wear your hearing daily.
In other studies, the onset of dementia was slowed by as much as two years by wearing hearing aids. Further research needs to be done to help explain and duplicate these results, but it’s certainly encouraging.
Anxiety And Depression Can be Decreased
Depression and anxiety are not symptoms that are unique to those who have hearing loss. But people with hearing loss have been shown to be at a higher risk of depression and anxiety over time.
When you wear hearing aids, you tend to stay more mentally focused and engaged socially. If those were contributing factors to depression and anxiety, they can help.
You’ll be Less Lonely
While dementia may sound much more severe, for individuals with neglected hearing loss, loneliness can be a serious issue, caused by and exacerbating a sense of social solitude. Your general mood can be considerably influenced by social isolation. So being able to continue to be social and connected thanks to your hearing aid can be a huge advantage.
And this is a good reason why, for example, your hearing aid can help counter conditions like depression. All of these health concerns, to some extent, are in some way linked.
Hearing Aids And Physical Advantages
As your hearing impairment worsens, there is some evidence that you may be at a higher risk of having a stroke. But that specific research is definitely in the preliminary stages. The most obvious (and perceptible) physical benefit of hearing aids is a little more straightforward: you’ll fall less often.
There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Fall detection: Often, 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 automatically be called if you take a tumble.
- Situational awareness: With hearing aids, your situational awareness will be increased allowing you to steer clear of obstacles and avoid falling down.
As you grow older falling down can have a disastrous impact on your health. So preventing falls (or reducing the damage from falls) can be a huge benefit that ripples throughout your overall health.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Everyday
These advantages, it’s worth pointing out, pertain to people who have hearing impairment. If your hearing is healthy, then wearing a hearing aid will probably not reduce your risk of dementia, for example.
But using your hearing aids, if you do have hearing loss, is the best thing you can do for overall health.