That hearing loss can affect your brain has been proven in several studies. (Some of our previous blogs clearly demonstrate that.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been proven to be capable of helping you recover some of that cognitive ability.
We’re not stating that you will get smarter just by wearing hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be improved by wearing hearing aids lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
You Accomplish a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
It’s essential to realize how large a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to comprehend the connection between cognition and your ears. That’s where the vibrations of the world are converted into the sounds of your surroundings. So as your hearing diminishes, the regions of your brain that decipher those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
When combined with other considerations (like social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can result in the onset of certain mental health problems. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are a lot more noticeable in people who have neglected hearing loss.
Your effectively “treating” your hearing loss when you’re using hearing aids. That means:
- 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.
- Because you’ll be able to couple your hearing aids with routine screening and other treatment methods, you can stop your hearing from getting increasingly worse.
- Social isolation won’t be as likely. You will be more likely to engage with others if you’re able to hear and understand conversations.
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can prevent dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- New technology: Hearing aids have begun incorporating unique technology that can actually notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person using the hearing aids has a fall. This might not stop the fall to begin with, but it can prevent long-term injuries or complications due to the fall.
- Boosting awareness: Sometimes, because you’re not aware of your environment, you could have a fall. Your situational awareness can be seriously hampered by hearing conditions. Not only can it be challenging to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to ascertain which direction sounds are originating from. A fall or other accident can be the consequence.
- The health of your inner ear: Inner ear injury is not brought on by hearing loss alone. But there is often a common cause for both hearing loss and damage to the inner ear. In some cases, a hearing aid is part of the treatment program for loss of hearing which can also help inner ear damage.
In truth, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re using hearing aids. A hearing aid enhances your physical health and cognitive ability while performing the important functions of helping you stay more mindful, more focused, and more dialed in.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet addressed the basic hearing benefits of hearing aids. So it seems like when you factor in all of the benefits related 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 difficult to identify hearing loss when it arises gradually over time. That’s why it’s crucial to get your hearing checked regularly. Without hearing aids, loss of hearing can exacerbate a wide range of other health problems.
The right hearing aid can, in part, slow the beginning of despair and dementia, while lessening the occurrences of some physical injuries. That’s a stunning combination of benefits that hearing aids provide, and they also help your hearing.