Multiple studies have verified that hearing loss can have an impact on your brain. (Just have a look at some of our past blog posts.) The good news is, it’s also been verified that you can regain some of that cognitive ability by using hearing aids.
We’re not stating that you will become smarter just by wearing hearing aids. 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 in Charge of a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
It’s essential to recognize how large a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to comprehend the link between cognition and your ears. It’s the brain’s task to convert sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. The regions of the 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 result in the onset of mental health issues. Depression, dementia, and anxiety are a lot more noticeable in individuals who have neglected hearing loss.
Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re wearing hearing aids. That means:
- You can stop your hearing from getting worse by wearing hearing aids in conjunction with regular screening.
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. Conversations will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more likely to participate.
- The regions of your brain responsible for hearing will get a more consistent workout; the more your brain works, the healthier your brain stays.
Keeping You on Your Toes
Hearing aids can prevent depression, anxiety, and dementia because they enhance your brain and your social life.
- Boosting awareness: Sometimes, because you’re not mindful of your environment, you might have a fall. Your situational awareness can be significantly hampered by hearing conditions. Figuring out what direction sound is originating from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. A fall or other accident can be the result.
- State of the art technology: Hearing aids have started incorporating unique technology that can actually alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone using the hearing aids experiences a fall. This might not prevent the fall to begin with, but it can prevent long-term injuries or complications caused by the fall.
- The health of your inner ear: Loss of hearing by itself will not result in inner ear injury. But there is frequently a common cause for both loss of hearing 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 component of that treatment regimen.
Truthfully, you have a higher chance of avoiding a fall when you’re using hearing aids. A hearing aid improves your physical health and cognitive capability while performing the important tasks of helping you stay more mindful, more focused, and more dialed in.
Stop Neglecting Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even addressed the fact that a hearing aid will also improve your hearing. So when you take into consideration that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems like wearing these devices should be a simple choice (not something you need to overthink).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing goes away slowly, you may have a hard time noticing. That’s the reason why it’s essential to get your hearing checked routinely. A wide range of other health issues can be made worse by hearing loss.
Hearing aids will lessen the chances of physical damage while helping to slow dementia and depression. That’s a stunning mix of benefits that hearing aids provide, and they also help your hearing.