That loss of hearing can impact your brain has been verified in several studies. (Just look at some of our past blog posts.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been proven to be able to help you regain some of that cognitive capacity.
This is not saying that hearing aids are in some manner going to make you smarter. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be improved by wearing hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
You Do a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain
It’s essential to realize how significant a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to understand the connection between cognition and your ears. It’s the brain’s task to convert sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. So as your hearing wanes, the parts of your brain that interpret those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
Alterations in your brain (and hearing), coupled with other considerations (including social isolation), can lead to the beginning of mental health problems. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are a lot more obvious in people who have neglected hearing loss.
When you use hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- You can keep your hearing from becoming worse by using hearing aids in conjunction with regular screening.
- Your brain stays healthier if it continues doing work; your brain will be getting a more consistent workout in the parts responsible for hearing.
- Social isolation won’t be as likely. Interactions will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more inclined to participate.
Hearing aids stimulate your brain and your social life and can prevent dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Creating better awareness: Occasionally, because you’re not mindful of your surroundings, you may have a fall. Your situational awareness can be significantly hindered by hearing issues. Not only can it be hard to hear sounds, but it can also be challenging to figure out what direction sounds are coming from. A fall or other injury can be the consequence.
- New technology: Some modern hearing aids, when a person has a fall, can immediately notify emergency services. This can minimize long lasting complications and injuries though it won’t stop the fall itself.
- Inner ear health: Hearing loss in and of itself will not cause inner ear injury. Notwithstanding, sometimes loss of hearing and inner ear damage have a mutual cause. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in certain cases, a hearing aid is a component of that treatment regimen.
In truth, you have a higher chance of avoiding a fall when you’re wearing hearing aids. A hearing aid boosts your physical health and cognitive ability while performing the essential functions of keeping you more aware, more focused, and more connected.
Start Wearing Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even mentioned the fact that a hearing aid can also help you hear. So when you take that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health advantages and physical well-being, it seems like wearing these devices would be a simple choice (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be challenging to recognize hearing loss when it arises gradually over time. That’s the reason it’s crucial to get your hearing tested on a regular basis. A wide range of other health issues can be made worse by hearing loss.
The right hearing aid can, in part, slow the onset of depression and dementia, while lessening the occasions of certain physical injuries. Aside from helping your hearing, hearing aids provide a surprising number of benefits.