Several studies have verified that loss of hearing can have an influence on your brain. (Some of our other blogs clearly demonstrate that.) The good news is, it’s also been shown that you can restore some of that cognitive ability through hearing aids.
This is not to say that hearing aids are in some way going to make you more intelligent. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can increase cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
You Do a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
To understand the link between your ears and cognition, it’s important to recognize that a substantial portion of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. It’s the brain’s job to transform sound vibrations into perceptible sound information. So as your hearing wanes, the regions of your brain that interpret those sounds suddenly have a lot less to do.
Alterations in your brain (and hearing), coupled with other factors (including social alienation), can lead to the beginning of mental health issues. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are a lot more obvious in people who have untreated hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re effectively “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- Social alienation won’t be as likely. Conversations will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more likely to engage.
- You can stop your hearing from getting worse by wearing hearing aids along with regular monitoring.
- Your brain will stay healthier if it keeps doing work; your brain will be getting a more regular workout in the regions responsible for hearing.
Keeping You on Your Toes
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can prevent dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Inner ear health: Loss of hearing by itself will not result in inner ear damage. But there is often a common cause for both loss of hearing and damage to the inner ear. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in many cases, a hearing aid is a component of that treatment regimen.
- State of the art technology: Some contemporary hearing aids, when someone falls, can automatically alert emergency services. This might not prevent the fall in the first place, but it can prevent long-lasting injuries or complications due to the fall.
- Creating stronger awareness: Occasionally, you fall because you’re not aware of your surroundings. Your situational awareness can be significantly hampered by hearing conditions. Not only can it be difficult to hear sounds, but it can also be challenging to determine what direction sounds are coming from. Without treatment, this can end up leading to a fall or injury.
Inevitably, when you’re wearing a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall in the first place. A hearing aid boosts your physical health and cognitive ability while performing the essential functions of keeping you more mindful, more alert, and more dialed in.
Stop Ignoring Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even mentioned 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. When your hearing disappears slowly, you might have a difficult time recognizing it. That’s the reason why getting a normal hearing exam is essential. A wide range of other health concerns can be made worse by hearing loss.
The correct hearing aid can, in part, slow the onset of despair and dementia, while lessening the incidents of certain physical incidents. That’s a striking mix of advantages that hearing aids offer, and they also help you hear.