Hearing aids bring many benefits, not least of which is the ability to join in a conversation, hear the TV or radio properly and be more aware of your surroundings. As a result of scientific studies around the world, it’s slowly becoming clear that there are also many health benefits of wearing hearing aids, which give you even more compelling reasons to get your hearing tested as soon as you become aware of any hearing loss.
Health Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
Keep Your Mind Sharp
At the end of last year, the results of a 25 Year Study were published, showing that whilst there is a decline in cognition associated with hearing loss, if you use hearing aids you will definitely reduce this risk. The study followed 3,700 adults over the age of 65 and found that whilst the majority of them suffered some level of cognitive decline, the cognition of the people with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids declined at an accelerated rate. People with hearing loss who used hearing aids experienced decline at the same rate as those with normal hearing.
Less Risk of Harm
A Study undertaken by researchers at John Hopkins University found that people with mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a fall, and any increases in hearing loss brought about a proportional increased risk of falling. Researchers have two possible explanations as to why this might be. One is that if people can’t hear well, they’ll be less aware of their surroundings, making it more likely that they’ll trip and fall. The other is that gait and balance, both of which are cognitively demanding, may be afforded less attention by the brain if it becomes overwhelmed with trying to cope with hearing loss.
Quality of Life
Many people who have hearing loss are aware that they’re missing things, but don’t know what. The inability to hear properly makes it difficult to communicate with other people. In turn, this makes it harder for people to remain engaged with the rest of society. Scientists have established a strong link between hearing problems and depression; in America, around 15-20% of the elderly have been diagnosed with depression. There have been many scientific Studies highlighting the social isolation which follows hearing loss, which often leads to mental health issues and an increased risk of suicide. People with hearing loss who use hearing aids tend to have a better quality of life than people who don’t.
Everyone loves to laugh and if you’re wearing hearing aids, you’ll be able to join in the fun simply because you’ll have heard the joke. Laughter not only helps people bond, it also strengthens your immune system, encourages the production of endorphins which are powerful hormones associated with pain reduction, increases your heart rate which stimulates oxygen uptake, and protects you from stress by relaxing the muscles. A good laugh will also help you cope with difficult situations and see life in a different perspective.
Social Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
For people with hearing loss, staying active and social can prove difficult. Addressing your hearing loss is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life; it can allow you to stay engaged with an active social life and allow you to keep up a youthful pace. On average, only one in five people with a hearing loss will actually use a hearing aid. Some people feel that hearing aids simply aren’t good enough, whilst others might think that hearing aids make them look old. Both of these views are outdated. Modern hearing technology is discreet and possesses huge processing power. Modern hearing technology is able to treat almost any hearing loss and allows for individuals to stay fully engaged in life.
Today’s hearing aids help people with hearing loss hear speech and sounds from all directions, whilst filtering out unwanted background noise. Many hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal with only the wearer conscious of their presence. Hearing aids really can be invisible to third parties. Many hearing aids boast wireless connectivity allowing them to communicate with other high-tech devices such as smartphones, smartwatches, TVs, Hi-Fis, conference speakers and loops. There are even waterproof hearing aids for the rugged adventurers.By testing and treating a hearing loss, you can really help maintain your vitality. Here’s how:-
By Getting Out, and Enjoying Life
People with hearing difficulty who then go on to use hearing aids, get more pleasure from activities and are more likely to engage in exercise, excursions and social outing with friends.
By Establishing and Maintaining Social Relations
People with hearing aids often comment that since the use of amplification, communication with friends and family is easier and more enjoyable. By resolving a hearing loss it is easier to communicate in social situations such as restaurants and family events.
By Being Pro-Active
Research has found that individuals with hearing loss who have gone on to use hearing aids, are more likely to be able to resolve their own problems. Research has also identified that hearing aid wearers in the workplace are more efficient than those who chose not to wear them. Some research has even indicated that workers with untreated hearing loss could experience as much as £25,000 in loss of potential earnings.
By Keeping a Positive and Bright Outlook
Many hearing aid users report an increase in their health and well-being as well as noting an increase in their confidence and happiness. Studies also identified a stronger prevalence of depression and anxiety in individuals with untreated hearing loss.If you or anyone you know is concerned about their hearing then call us today for a free hearing screening. We can identify any onset of hearing loss and guide you to maintain an active and youthful lifestyle.
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