That loss of hearing can affect your brain has been proven in several studies. (Some of our previous blogs clearly demonstrate that.) Fortunately, it’s also been shown that you can recover some of that cognitive capacity through hearing aids.
We’re not claiming that you will become more intelligent just by wearing hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can improve cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
You Do a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
To comprehend the link between cognition and your ears, it’s important to understand that a substantial percentage of your hearing actually happens in your brain. It’s the brain’s job to transform sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. So as your hearing diminishes, the parts of your brain that interpret those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
In combination with other factors (such as social solitude), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can lead to the onset of certain mental health problems. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are a lot more evident in individuals who have untreated hearing loss.
Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re using hearing aids. That means:
- Because you’ll be capable of coupling your hearing aids with routine monitoring and other treatment methods, you can stop your hearing from becoming increasingly worse.
- The parts of your brain responsible for hearing will get regular workouts; the more your brain performs work, the healthier your brain will be.
- Social isolation won’t be as likely. Conversations will be easier to understand and follow, so you’ll be more likely to engage.
Keeping You on Your Toes
Hearing aids stimulate your brain and your social life and can prevent depression, anxiety, and dementia.
- The health of your inner ear: Hearing loss by itself will not cause inner ear damage. But there is typically a common cause for both hearing loss and damage to the inner ear. Sometimes, a hearing aid is a component of the treatment program for hearing loss which can also assist with inner ear injury.
- Creating greater awareness: Occasionally, you fall because you’re not aware of your surroundings. Decreased hearing ability can drastically lessen your situational awareness. Figuring out which direction sound is originating from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. Without treatment, this can end up resulting in injury or a fall.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have begun integrating unique technology that is able to alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person using the hearing aids experiences a fall. This can lessen long lasting complications and injuries even though it won’t prevent the fall itself.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to steer clear of a fall to start with. A hearing aid enhances your physical health and cognitive capability while carrying out the important functions of keeping you more mindful, more alert, and more dialed in.
Stop Ignoring Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even addressed the fact that a hearing aid will also help you hear. So it seems like when you consider all of the positive aspects linked to wearing hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be challenging to recognize loss of hearing when it arises slowly over time. That’s the reason why getting a routine hearing test is essential. A wide range of other health issues can be exacerbated by loss of hearing.
Hearing aids will minimize the likelihood of physical injury while helping to slow dementia and depression. Aside from helping your hearing, hearing aids offer a striking number of advantages.