That loss of hearing can affect your brain has been proven in several studies. (Some of our previous blogs clearly demonstrate that.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been shown to be capable of helping you restore some of that cognitive ability.
This is not saying that hearing aids are in some way going to make you smarter. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can enhance cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
It’s essential to realize how large a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to comprehend the connection between your ears and cognition. It’s the brain’s task to transform sound vibrations into perceptible sound information. The regions of your brain that translate sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
Changes in your brain (and hearing), coupled with other considerations (such as social isolation), can lead to the onset of mental health issues. In people with neglected hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to notice an increase in the chances for depression, anxiety, and dementia.
Your effectively “treating” your hearing loss when you’re wearing hearing aids. That means:
- Your brain will stay healthier if it keeps working; your brain will be getting a more frequent workout in the regions responsible for hearing.
- Social solitude won’t be as likely. Conversations will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more inclined to engage.
- You can keep your hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids alongside regular monitoring.
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can lessen dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Inner ear health: Hearing loss in and of itself will not trigger inner ear damage. But there is frequently a common cause for both hearing loss and damage to the inner ear. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in some cases, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment routine.
- New technology: Hearing aids have started incorporating novel technology that can actually notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone wearing the hearing aids experiences a fall. This can minimize lasting injuries and complications although it won’t prevent the fall itself.
- Boosting awareness: At times, because you’re not aware of your surroundings, you may have a fall. Decreased hearing ability can drastically reduce your situational awareness. Figuring out what direction sound is coming from can be as challenging as hearing sound in general. A fall or other accident can be the consequence.
Inevitably, when you’re wearing a hearing aid, you’re more likely to steer clear of a fall to start with. A hearing aid improves your physical health and your cognitive capability while performing the essential functions of keeping you more mindful, more focused, and more connected.
Start Wearing Your Hearing Aid
None of this has even yet discussed the fundamental hearing advantages of hearing aids. So it seems as if when you consider all of the positive aspects connected 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 may have a difficult time noticing. That’s the reason why getting a regular hearing test is essential. A wide range of other health concerns can be made worse by loss of hearing.
Hearing aids will minimize the chances of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping your hearing, hearing aids offer a striking number of benefits.