That hearing loss can impact your brain has been proven in numerous studies. (Just look at some of our previous blog posts.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been shown to be capable of helping you restore some of that cognitive ability.
We’re not stating that you will get more intelligent just by wearing hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be increased by using hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
You Accomplish a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
It’s essential to realize how significant a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to understand the connection between your ears and cognition. That’s where the vibrations of the world are transformed into the sounds of your surroundings. So as your hearing diminishes, the parts of your brain that translate those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
When combined with other considerations (such as social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can lead to the onset of specific mental health problems. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are a lot more obvious in people who have neglected hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. Interactions will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more inclined to engage.
- The parts of your brain responsible for hearing will get a more consistent workout; the more your brain performs work, the healthier your brain will be.
- You can keep your hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids alongside regular screening.
Hearing aids can counter depression, anxiety, and dementia because they enhance your brain and your social life.
- Inner ear health: Loss of hearing in and of itself will not cause inner ear damage. But there is often a common cause for both loss of hearing and inner ear damage. Sometimes, a hearing aid is a component of the treatment program for hearing loss which can also assist with inner ear damage.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have started containing unique technology that is able to notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person using the hearing aids has a fall. This might not prevent the fall to begin with, but it can prevent lasting injuries or complications caused by the fall.
- Growing awareness: Occasionally, you fall because you’re not aware of your surroundings. Your situational awareness can be significantly hindered by hearing issues. Not only can it be challenging to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to determine which direction sounds are originating from. Without treatment, this can end up resulting in injury or a fall.
The fact remains, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re using hearing aids. A hearing aid keeps you more alert, more aware, and more tuned in, boosting cognitive capabilities and physical health in the process.
Stop Neglecting Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet addressed the basic hearing benefits of hearing aids. So it seems as if when you factor in all of the benefits connected to using hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing fades away slowly, you might have a hard time noticing. That’s the reason why having a normal hearing test is important. Without hearing aids, loss of hearing can exacerbate a wide range of other health concerns.
Hearing aids will reduce the chances of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. That’s a stunning mix of advantages that hearing aids offer, and they also help you hear.