That loss of hearing can affect your brain has been confirmed in multiple studies. (Just take a look at some of our recent blog posts.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been proven to be able to help you recover some of that cognitive capacity.
We’re not claiming that you will become more intelligent just by using hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be increased by wearing hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
Your Brain is in Charge of a Large Portion of Your Hearing
It’s important to realize how large a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to comprehend the link between cognition and your ears. That’s where the vibrations of the world are transformed into the sounds of your environment. So as your hearing diminishes, the parts of your brain that translate those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
Combined with other considerations (like social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can result in the onset of certain mental health problems. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are far more obvious in individuals who have neglected hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re effectively “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- Because you’ll be capable of coupling your hearing aids with regular screening and other treatment options, you can stop your hearing from becoming increasingly worse.
- You won’t be as likely to isolate yourself socially. You will be more likely to participate with others if you’re able to hear and understand conversations.
- The parts of your brain responsible for hearing will get a more consistent workout; the more your brain performs work, the healthier your brain stays.
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can prevent dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Raising awareness: Sometimes, you fall because you aren’t aware of your surroundings. Diminished ability to hear can significantly reduce your situational awareness. Determining what direction sound is coming from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. Without treatment, this can wind up leading to a fall or injury.
- Inner ear health: Inner ear damage is not caused by hearing loss alone. But there is frequently a common cause for both loss of hearing and damage to the inner ear. Sometimes, a hearing aid is a component of the treatment program for loss of hearing which can also help inner ear damage.
- Cutting edge technology: Hearing aids have begun incorporating novel technology that is able to alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone wearing the hearing aids has a fall. This can prevent long lasting injuries and complications though it won’t stop the fall itself.
The fact is, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re wearing hearing aids. A hearing aid keeps you more alert, more perceptive, and more connected, enhancing cognitive abilities and physical health at the same time.
Start Wearing Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet addressed the basic hearing advantages of hearing aids. So it seems like when you factor in all of the positive aspects associated with wearing hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (not something you need to put your thinking cap on for).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing disappears slowly, you may have a hard time recognizing it. That’s the reason why having a regular hearing test is essential. A wide range of other health problems can be made worse by hearing loss.
Hearing aids will minimize the possibility of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping you hear, hearing aids provide a remarkable number of advantages.