Hearing aids could help around 28 million people. Naturally, when we discuss data like that, we generally mean that those 28 million people would hear the world a little better if they had some help (in the form of a specialized device). But there are also some other, fairly surprising health advantages that you can start to enjoy thanks to your hearing aids.
Your mental and physical health can, as it turns out, be helped by something as straight forward as wearing hearing aids. These tiny gadgets can help stop (or delay) everything from depression to fall-induced-injury. In more ways than one, your hearing aids can help keep you on your feet.
Mental Health Benefits of Hearing Aids
Modern medical research has firmly demonstrated a link between cognitive decline and hearing loss. The current thinking is that, for a mixture of social, mental, and physical factors, hearing loss can bring about an increased danger of mental illness, such as cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, and dementia.
So it’s no surprise that the latest analyses has suggested that hearing aids might have considerable mental health advantages.
Dementia Risks Decreased
Your risk of dementia can be lowered, based on one study, by almost 20%. That’s a fantastic benefit when all you need to do is remember to wear your hearing aids on a daily basis.
Other studies have suggested that wearing your hearing aids on a regular basis can slow the onset of dementia by up to a couple of years. Further research needs to be conducted to help explain and duplicate these results, but it’s certainly encouraging.
Anxiety And Depression Can be Reduced
Anxiety and depression are not symptoms that are exclusive to those who suffer from hearing loss. But individuals with hearing loss have been shown to have a higher risk of depression and anxiety over time.
Wearing your hearing aids can help keep you socially involved and mentally connected. If those factors were contributing to anxiety and depression, they can help.
You’ll Feel Less Lonely
While dementia might sound much more severe, loneliness can be a serious problem for individuals who suffer from neglected hearing loss, caused by and exacerbating a sense of social solitude. That social separation can cause considerable changes to your mood. So it can be a huge benefit if your hearing aids can help you continue to be socially active.
And this is a good reason why, for instance, your hearing aid can help prevent conditions like depression. To a certain degree, all of these health concerns are linked in some way.
Hearing Aids And Physical Advantages
As your hearing impairment worsens, there is some evidence that you could be at a higher risk of having a stroke. But these studies are in preliminary phases. It’s a little easier to recognize the more obvious physical benefit of hearing aids: you won’t fall as much.
There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Situational awareness: Hearing aids can improve your situational awareness. As an example, if your pet is running to greet you, you will hear them and expect them to come racing around the corner.
- Fall detection: Often, it’s getting back up after a fall that is the significant danger, not the fall itself. Fall detection is a built-in feature of many newer hearing aid models. You can program emergency phone numbers into your phone which will be automatically called if you take a tumble.
Falling can have fairly substantial health effects, particularly as you get older. So avoiding falls (or reducing the damage from falling) can be a major benefit that ripples throughout your overall health.
Make Certain You Wear Your Hearing Aids
These advantages, it’s worth mentioning, apply to people who suffer from hearing impairment. Hearing aids won’t, for instance, help somebody 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 overall health.