As you’ve been getting older, you’ve probably been trying to find ways to conserve your youthfulness.
You’ve looked for it in your diet, exercise, and supplements. You’ve already spent too much on maintaining your hair and keeping wrinkles at bay. You even signed up for a Yoga class. It doesn’t matter what your age, you can stay youthful and happy.
But what if we told you there’s an easy way to remain happy and feeling young that’s inexpensive and backed by science. Yet, fewer than 16% of people who would benefit are taking advantage of it.
The “trick” is easy – they’re wearing their hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.
As we age, this may be the trick to staying youthful and happy.
How Common is Hearing Loss?
By the time you reach the age of 45, your chance of developing hearing loss goes up dramatically. Even children as young as 12 are affected.
A study showed that out of all individuals between 45 and 54, hearing loss is experienced by 11% of them. It goes up to 90% by age 80. Almost 25% of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those 75 and older, are dealing with debilitating hearing loss.
Also, men under 70 are twice as likely to have hearing loss than women in the same age group.
While you most likely associate hearing loss with growing old, most hearing loss occurs due to exposure to loud and harmful noise. Some individuals are exposed to more damaging noises than others over the course of their lives.
It’s not inevitable that a person will get hearing loss but numerous studies have revealed that your overall happiness, youthfulness, and health are impacted by neglecting to address any hearing loss you’re already experiencing.
But hearing aids are worn by only 1 out of 7 individuals who actually need them.
Your Key to Youthfulness And Happiness is Your Hearing Aid
Using your hearing aid has been directly linked to the following results:
- participating in social situations 20% more often
One thing that makes life great, you’ll concur, is being around others. When you spend time doing things you enjoy, with those you love, you feel younger and happier.
Those with hearing loss who wear their hearing aids are more likely to remain active and social.
- Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression
Feelings which are connected to depression including sadness and loneliness, according to some studies, are not so likely to be reported when someone who has hearing loss regularly uses their hearing aid.
They’re also not as likely to feel as if people are mad at them or attempting to avoid them. It’s not as common for them to practice self isolation.
Less depression equals increased happiness.
- Being 24% less likely to suffer from mental decline
If you have someone in your family that is suffering from dementia you know all too well how frightening that can be. Mental decline makes people feel older because they’re continually forgetting, and it takes longer for them to understand things.
As the decline continues, they lose many of the things that make them happy and youthful because they become unable to do them.
If the simple act of using your hearing aid can decrease your chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, shouldn’t you be wearing it?
- Decreasing your chance of falling by 30%
As we get older, the chances of falling and injuring ourselves becomes a real possibility. We’re not as balanced as we were in the past. A bad fall could cause a serious fracture that leads to a hospital stay and a few weeks of rehab.
That’s not a place you want to be. Being in pain in the hospital isn’t at all fun.
When you can get around with ease, you live a happier life. You’re more confident in your movements and less likely to be startled.
Hearing aids will make a hospital stay less likely and will let you spend more time with family and friends.
- Having 30% fewer misunderstandings and arguments
How many times have you been involved in a misunderstanding because you failed to hear what someone actually said. Or, maybe, a friend raises her voice so you can hear her more clearly, but you think she’s yelling at you.
Untreated hearing loss puts a huge strain on your relationships with family and friends. It can result in anger, resentment, sadness, and other adverse emotions. But wearing your hearing aid helps you hear better, which will produce more positive connections with your family and friends. Whatever age you may be, this will help you stay youthful and happy.
Whatever you’ve lost, get it back
Have you been using your hearing aid? You might have forgotten many of the simple joys in life that you’re missing, like the following:
- Social clubs and outings
- Discussions with friends and family without needing them to speak up
- The laughter of children
- The sounds of nature at your local park
If you have hearing loss, you may still hear these things to some extent but they are most likely not as enjoyable.