Multiple studies have confirmed that hearing loss can have an impact on your brain. (Just take a look at some of our past blog posts.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been proven to be able to help you regain some of that cognitive ability.
This is not saying that hearing aids are in some way going to make you more intelligent. 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.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
It’s essential to recognize how big a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to understand the link between your ears and cognition. It’s the brain’s job to convert sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. So as your hearing wanes, the parts of your brain that translate those sounds suddenly have a lot less to do.
In combination with other factors (such as social isolation), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can result in the onset of specific mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are a lot more evident in individuals who have untreated hearing loss.
Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re using hearing aids. That means:
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. You will be more likely to engage with people if you’re able to hear and understand discussions.
- The regions of your brain responsible for hearing will get a more consistent workout; the more your brain works, the healthier your brain will be.
- You can stop your hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids alongside regular monitoring.
Hearing aids can counter dementia, anxiety, and depression because they stimulate your brain and your social life.
- Inner ear health: Hearing loss in and of itself will not result in inner ear damage. But there is often a common cause for both loss of hearing and inner ear damage. At times, a hearing aid is a component of the treatment strategy for hearing loss which can also assist with inner ear damage.
- Creating better awareness: Sometimes, because you aren’t aware of your environment, you could have a fall. Decreased ability to hear can significantly reduce your situational awareness. Figuring out which direction sound is originating from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. A fall or other accident can be the result.
- Cutting edge technology: Hearing aids have begun integrating unique technology that is able to notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone wearing the hearing aids experiences a fall. This can minimize long term injuries and complications although it won’t prevent the fall itself.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to steer clear of a fall to start with. A hearing aid improves your physical health and cognitive capacity while carrying out the essential functions of helping you stay more mindful, more focused, and more dialed in.
Stop Neglecting Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet addressed the basic hearing advantages of hearing aids. So when you consider that amplified hearing, include the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems as if wearing these devices would be a simple decision (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 difficult to identify loss of hearing when it develops gradually over time. That’s the reason why it’s critical to have your hearing tested routinely. A wide variety of other health issues can be exacerbated by loss of hearing.
Hearing aids will minimize the likelihood of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping you hear, hearing aids offer a striking number of benefits.