Hearing aids could benefit about 28 million people. Needless to say, when we talk about statistics like that, we normally mean that those 28 million individuals would hear the world a little bit better if they had some help (like hearing aids). But your hearing aids can also help you take advantage of some other health benefits.
As it turns out, something as straight forward as wearing your hearing aids could be good for your mental and physical health. These little devices can help stop (or forestall) everything from depression to fall-induced-injury. In many ways, your hearing aids can help you stay on your feet.
Mental Health Advantages of Hearing Aids
The link between neglected hearing loss and cognitive decline is fairly well demonstrated by modern medical studies. Mental illnesses like dementia, cognitive decline, anxiety, and depression, in line with current thinking, can be induced by hearing loss due to a combination of physical, mental and social factors.
So the mental health benefits of hearing aids shouldn’t be very striking.
Reducing Your Chances of Dementia
According to one study, wearing your hearing aids can help reduce your risk of developing dementia by as much as 18%. That’s a fantastic advantage when all you need to do is remember to wear your hearing aids on a daily basis.
In other research, the arrival of dementia was slowed by as much as two years by using hearing aids. Further research needs to be conducted to help clarify and replicate these results, but it’s certainly encouraging.
Decrease Depression And Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are not symptoms that are unique to those who have hearing loss. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that those with hearing loss are at a higher risk of developing both anxiety and depression as time passes.
When you use hearing aids, you tend to stay more tuned in mentally and socially engaged. If those were contributing factors to depression and anxiety, they can help.
You’ll be Less Lonely
While it might not seem as serious or important as dementia, for individuals with neglected hearing loss, isolation can be a real problem, caused by and exacerbating a sense of social solitude. That social isolation can cause significant changes to your disposition. So it can be a huge benefit if your hearing aids can help you remain socially active.
And this is a good reason why, for instance, your hearing aid can help counter conditions such as depression. All of these health problems, to a certain degree, are in some way linked.
The Physical Benefits of Hearing Aids
As your hearing impairment worsens, there is some research that shows that you could be at a higher risk of having a stroke. But this research is in preliminary phases. The most obvious (and perceptible) physical advantage of hearing aids is a little more straightforward: you won’t fall as often.
This happens for two reasons:
- Situational awareness: For example, if your pet is running up to you, you hear them and expect them to come racing around the corner.
- Fall detection: Sometimes, it’s not the fall that’s hazardous. Rather, it’s that you can’t get back up that can be a real problem. Fall detection is a built-in feature of many newer hearing aid models. You can save emergency phone numbers into your phone which will be automatically called if you take a tumble.
As you grow older falling down can have a disastrous effect on your health. So your general health can be safeguarded by reducing damage from falls or avoiding them entirely.
Make Certain You Wear Your Hearing Aids
These advantages, it’s worth pointing out, apply to people who have 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 smartest thing you can do for general health.