Hearing aids could help approximately 28 million people. Needless to say, when we discuss statistics like that, we usually mean that those 28 million people would hear the world a little bit more clearly if they had some help (in the form of a specialized device). But there are also a number of other, somewhat unexpected health benefits that you can begin to enjoy thanks to your hearing aids.
Your mental and physical health can, as it turns out, be helped by something as easy as using hearing aids. Everything from a risk of falling to depression can be delayed or even stopped by these devices. Your hearing aids can literally help you stay on your feet.
Mental Health Advantages of Hearing Aids
The link between neglected hearing loss and cognitive decline is fairly well established by modern medical studies. The current thinking is that, for a combination of social, mental, and physical reasons, hearing loss can trigger an escalated risk of mental illness, including cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, and dementia.
So the mental health benefits of hearing aids shouldn’t be very surprising.
Dementia Risks Reduced
Your risk of dementia can be reduced, according to one study, by nearly 20%. That’s a fantastic advantage when the only thing you have to do is remember to wear your hearing aids on a daily basis.
In other research, the onset of dementia was delayed by as much as two years by wearing hearing aids. Further research has to be carried out to help clarify and duplicate these results, but it’s definitely encouraging.
Depression And Anxiety Can be Decreased
Lots of individuals suffer from anxiety and depression even if they don’t have hearing loss. But individuals who suffer from hearing loss have been shown to be at a higher risk of depression and anxiety over time.
When you use hearing aids, you tend to stay more mentally focused and engaged socially. Hearing aids can be particularly helpful if those factors are contributing to depression and anxiety.
You’ll Feel Less Lonely
While it might not seem as dire or important as dementia, isolation can be a serious problem for those who suffer from untreated hearing loss, caused by and exacerbating a sense of social solitude. That social isolation can cause significant changes to your disposition. So being able to remain social and involved thanks to your hearing aid can be a great benefit.
To be sure, this ties together with your hearing aids’ ability to decrease the risks of depression, for instance. To a certain extent, all of these health conditions are linked in some manner.
The Physical Benefits of Hearing Aids
There’s some data which indicates that as hearing loss symptoms become more noticeable, your risk of stroke goes up. But these studies are in preliminary phases. It’s a little easier to recognize the more pronounced physical benefit of hearing aids: you won’t fall as much.
There are a couple of explanations for this:
- Fall detection: Many times, it’s getting back up after a fall that is the real hazard, not the fall itself. Fall detection is a standard feature of many newer hearing aid designs. With certain settings enabled, when you have a fall, a call will immediately be made to one of your pre-programmed emergency contacts so they know to check on you.
- Situational awareness: If your pet, for example, is zooming out to say hi, you will hear them coming and will be ready for them to be running under your feet.
As you age falling down can have a devastating effect on your health. So your general health can be protected by decreasing damage from falls or preventing them entirely.
Be Certain to Wear Your Hearing Aids
These advantages, it’s worth mentioning, apply to people who suffer from hearing impairment. Hearing aids won’t, for example, help somebody with healthy hearing avoid falling.
But wearing your hearing aids, if you do have hearing loss, is the smartest thing you can do for general health.