That loss of hearing can affect your brain has been confirmed in several studies. (Some of our other blogs clearly show that.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been proven to be able to help you recover some of that cognitive capacity.
This is not saying that hearing aids are in some way going to make you more intelligent. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be enhanced by wearing hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Significant Portion of Your Hearing
To understand the link between your ears and cognition, it’s crucial to realize that a considerable portion of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. That’s where the vibrations of the world are transformed into the sounds of your surroundings. The parts of the brain that translate sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing begins to wane.
Changes in your brain (and hearing), coupled with other factors (like social isolation), can result in the beginning of mental health problems. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are far more obvious in people who have neglected hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- You can keep your hearing from becoming worse by wearing hearing aids along with regular monitoring.
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. Conversations will be easier to understand and follow, so you’ll be more inclined to participate.
- Your brain stays healthier if it continues doing work; your brain will be getting a more regular workout in the parts responsible for hearing.
Keeping You on Your Toes
Hearing aids stimulate your brain and your social life and can prevent dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have started containing novel technology that can actually alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone using the hearing aids experiences a fall. This may not stop the fall in the first place, but it can prevent long-term injuries or complications caused by the fall.
- Boosting awareness: Sometimes, because you’re not aware of your surroundings, you might have a fall. Your situational awareness can be significantly hindered by hearing issues. Not only can it be difficult to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to figure out what direction sounds are coming from. A fall or other accident can be the result.
- The health of your inner ear: Inner ear injury is not brought on by loss of hearing alone. However, sometimes hearing loss and inner ear damage have a mutual cause. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in certain instances, a hearing aid is a component of that treatment routine.
The fact remains, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re wearing hearing aids. A hearing aid boosts your physical health and cognitive ability while performing the essential functions of helping you stay more mindful, more focused, and more connected.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even touched on the fact that a hearing aid will also help you hear. So when you consider that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems like using these devices would be a simple decision (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing fades away slowly, you may have a difficult time recognizing it. That’s the reason why having a normal hearing test is important. Without hearing aids, loss of hearing can worsen a wide range of other health problems.
Hearing aids will minimize the chances of physical injury while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping you hear, hearing aids offer a striking number of benefits.