That hearing loss can impact your brain has been confirmed in multiple studies. (Some of our previous blogs clearly demonstrate that.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been shown to be able to help you regain some of that cognitive capacity.
This is not to say that hearing aids are in some manner going to make you more intelligent. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be enhanced by wearing hearing aids lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Portion of Your Hearing
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 transform sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. The parts of the brain that translate sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
Changes in your brain (and hearing), along with other factors (including social isolation), can lead to the beginning of mental health problems. In individuals with neglected hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to notice an increase in the chances of anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your effectively “treating” your hearing loss when you’re wearing hearing aids. That means:
- Your brain will stay healthier if it continues working; your brain will be getting a more frequent workout in the parts responsible for hearing.
- You can keep your hearing from becoming worse by wearing hearing aids alongside regular screening.
- You won’t be as likely to isolate yourself socially. Conversations 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 depression, anxiety, and dementia.
- Creating stronger awareness: Sometimes, because you’re not mindful of your surroundings, you might have a fall. Decreased ability to hear can substantially reduce your situational awareness. Not only can it be challenging to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to determine which direction sounds are originating from. A fall or other injury can be the result.
- Modern technology: Hearing aids have started incorporating novel technology that is able to alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person wearing the hearing aids has a fall. This might not stop the fall to begin with, but it can lessen long-lasting injuries or complications caused by the fall.
- Inner ear health: Inner ear injury is not brought on by hearing loss alone. But there is normally a common cause for both hearing loss and inner ear damage. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in many instances, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment regimen.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall to start with. A hearing aid helps you stay more alert, more aware, and more connected, elevating cognitive capabilities and physical health at the same time.
Stop Neglecting Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even yet dealt with the basic hearing benefits of hearing aids. So when you take into consideration that amplified hearing, include the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems as if using these devices should be a simple decision (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be difficult to identify hearing loss when it happens slowly over time. That’s the reason why it’s critical to have your hearing tested routinely. Without hearing aids, loss of hearing can exacerbate a wide variety of other health concerns.
The right hearing aid can, in part, slow the beginning of despair and dementia, while lessening the occasions of some physical injuries. That’s a striking mix of advantages that hearing aids offer, and they also help you hear.