Numerous studies have proven that loss of hearing can have an impact on your brain. (Just take a look at some of our recent blog posts.) Luckily, it’s also been verified that you can regain some of that cognitive capacity through hearing aids.
We’re not saying that you will become more intelligent just by using hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be enhanced by using hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
You Accomplish a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
To comprehend the link between your ears and cognition, it’s important to recognize that a substantial percentage of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. That’s where the vibrations of the world are converted into the sounds of your environment. The regions of your brain that decipher sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
In combination with other factors (such as social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can lead to the onset of specific mental health issues. In people with untreated hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to observe an increase in the chances of anxiety, depression, and dementia.
When you use hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. You will be more likely to participate with people if you can hear and understand interactions.
- Your brain will stay healthier if it keeps working; your brain will be getting a more frequent workout in the regions responsible for hearing.
- You can keep your hearing from becoming worse by wearing hearing aids in conjunction with regular screening.
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can lessen dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Inner ear health: Inner ear injury is not brought on by loss of hearing alone. But there is normally a common cause for both loss of hearing and damage to the inner ear. In some cases, a hearing aid is part of the treatment strategy for hearing loss which can also help inner ear damage.
- Boosting awareness: Sometimes, because you aren’t mindful of your environment, you could have a fall. Your situational awareness can be seriously hampered by hearing conditions. Figuring out what direction sound is coming from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. A fall or other accident can be the result.
- Cutting edge technology: Some modern hearing aids, when a person has a fall, can automatically notify emergency services. This might not stop the fall in the first place, but it can lessen long-lasting injuries or complications caused by the fall.
Actually, you’re more likely to avoid a fall when you’re using hearing aids. A hearing aid helps you stay more alert, more mindful, and more connected, increasing cognitive capabilities and physical health simultaneously.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even touched on the fact that a hearing aid will also improve your hearing. So it seems like when you consider all of the benefits linked to wearing hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (not something you need to put your thinking cap on for).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be challenging to recognize hearing loss when it occurs gradually over time. That’s the reason why having a regular hearing assessment is important. Without hearing aids, hearing loss can worsen a number of of other health problems.
Hearing aids will lessen the possibility of physical injury while helping to slow dementia and depression. Besides helping you hear, hearing aids offer a remarkable number of advantages.