Hearing Aids Slow Signs of Aging

Woman considering hearing aids as she looks at her image in a mirror.

As you’ve been getting older, you’ve most likely been looking for ways to maintain your youthfulness.

Diet, exercise, and vitamins have all been part of your program. You’ve already spent too much on maintaining your hair and keeping wrinkles in check. You even joined a Yoga class. It doesn’t matter what your age, you can stay happy and youthful.

But fortunately, there’s an inexpensive way to keep that youthful happy feeling which has scientific support. Yet, among people who would benefit, fewer than 16% are taking advantage of it.

The “trick” is simple – they’re wearing their hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

As we age, this may be the trick to remaining youthful and happy.

Is Hearing Loss Very Prevalent?

By the time you reach the age of 45, your chance of developing hearing loss goes up substantially. It even impacts children as young as 12.

A study showed that out of all individuals between 45 and 54, hearing loss is experienced by 11% of them. By age 80 that percentage increases to 90%. Of those between the ages of 65 and 74, nearly 25 % cope with disabling hearing loss and that number increases to 50% by age 80.

Furthermore, hearing loss is twice as common among men under the age of 70 compared to women in the same age group.

While you probably correlate hearing loss with aging, most hearing loss happens as a result of exposure to loud and harmful sounds. Some individuals are exposed to more damaging sounds than others over the course of their lives.

Hearing loss isn’t an inevitability, but not treating your hearing loss has been demonstrated by consistent studies, to impact your overall happiness, health, and youthfulness.

But hearing aids are used by just 1 out of 7 people who actually need them.

Your Hearing Aid is The Key to Youthfulness And Happiness

The following results have been directly related to using hearing aids:

  • participating in social interaction 20% more frequently

You’ll agree, being with other people is one of the things that make life worthwhile. You feel younger and happier when you spend precious time with people you love doing the activities you take pleasure in.

People are more likely to remain socially active when they wear their hearing aid every day.

  • Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression

Research has revealed that individuals who have hearing loss who wear hearing aids are less likely to report feelings of sadness and loneliness, which is linked to depression.

Feeling like people are trying to avoid them or are angry with them is also not as likely. They’re less likely to seclude themselves from others.

Less depression means increased happiness.

  • Being 24% less likely to deal with cognitive decline

If you have a dad, mom, or aunt who is coping with dementia, you know how frightening it is for the family and the individual in cognitive decline. Mental decline makes people feel older because they’re constantly forgetting, and it takes longer for them to understand things.

As cognitive decline progresses, the people who are dealing with it are no longer capable of doing the things that make them feel happy and youthful.

If your risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s can be reduced by simply wearing hearing aids, shouldn’t that be what you’re doing.

  • Falling risk decreased by 30%

As we get older, the chances of falling and injuring ourselves becomes a real possibility. We’re not as stable as we were in the past. A bad fall could cause a serious fracture that leads to a hospital stay and several weeks of rehab.

That isn’t where you want to spend your time. It’s no fun to be in the hospital in pain.

When you can get around without difficulty, you live a happier life. You’re less likely to be startled because you’re more confident with your movements.

Wearing your hearing aid will let you spend more time with friends and family and less time stuck in a hospital bed.

  • Having 30% fewer arguments and misunderstandings

How many times have you been involved in a misunderstanding because you didn’t hear what someone actually said. Or, maybe, a friend raises her voice so you can hear her more clearly, but you think she’s yelling at you.

A considerable strain on relationships can be the outcome of untreated hearing loss. It can create anger, resentment, sadness, and other negative emotions. But you will have more positive interactions with friends and family if you are able to hear better which hearing aids will help you do. Whatever age you may be, this will help you stay happy and youthful.

Recover what you’ve lost

Have you been using your hearing aid? You may have forgotten many of the simple joys in life that you’re missing, including:

  • Music
  • Children’s laughter
  • Discussions with family and friends without needing them to speak louder
  • Outings and social clubs
  • Nature sounds outdoors

You may believe you can still hear these things clearly, but if you are suffering from hearing loss, they probably don’t sound as delightful as they once did.

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