Numerous studies have proven that loss of hearing can have an impact on your brain. (Some of our previous blogs clearly demonstrate that.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been proven to be able to help you regain some of that cognitive capacity.
This is not to imply that hearing aids are somehow going to make you smarter. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can increase cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your Brain is in Charge of a Significant Amount of Your Hearing
To understand the connection between your ears and cognition, it’s crucial to recognize that a considerable portion of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. It’s the brain’s task to transform sound vibrations into perceptible sound information. The parts of your brain that decipher sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing begins to wane.
Alterations in your brain (and hearing), along with other factors (such as social isolation), can lead to the onset of mental health problems. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are far more evident in individuals who have untreated hearing loss.
Your effectively “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 participate with others if you’re able to hear and understand conversations.
- Because you’ll be able to couple your hearing aids with regular screening and other treatment options, you can stop your hearing from getting increasingly worse.
- The parts of your brain responsible for hearing will get regular workouts; the more your brain works, the healthier your brain will be.
Hearing aids can counter depression, anxiety, and dementia because they stimulate your brain and your social life.
- Raising awareness: Sometimes, you fall because you aren’t aware of your environment. Diminished hearing ability can significantly lessen your situational awareness. Not only can it be hard to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to figure out which direction sounds are originating from. A fall or other accident can be the consequence.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have begun containing unique technology that can actually notify emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone using the hearing aids experiences a fall. This might not stop the fall to begin with, but it can lessen long-term injuries or complications due to the fall.
- The health of your inner ear: Inner ear injury is not caused by loss of hearing alone. But there is often 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 regimen.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall to begin with. A hearing aid boosts your physical health and your cognitive capacity while carrying out the important tasks of keeping you more mindful, more focused, and more connected.
Stop Ignoring Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even mentioned the fact that a hearing aid can also help you hear. So it seems as if when you consider all of the benefits related to using 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 might have a difficult time noticing. That’s the reason why having a regular hearing exam is important. Without hearing aids, loss of hearing can exacerbate a number of of other health problems.
Hearing aids will minimize the possibility of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping your hearing, hearing aids offer a surprising number of benefits.