Multiple studies have verified that loss of hearing can have an influence on your brain. (Some of our previous blogs clearly show that.) Hearing Aids, fortunately, have been shown to be capable of helping you recover some of that cognitive capacity.
We’re not claiming that you will become more intelligent just by using hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests cognitive ability can be increased by using hearing aids lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Large Amount of Your Hearing
To recognize the connection between cognition and your ears, it’s important to recognize that a significant portion of your hearing actually happens in your brain. That’s where the vibrations of the world are converted into the sounds of your surroundings. So as your hearing wanes, the parts of your brain that decipher those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
Changes in your brain (and hearing), coupled with other considerations (including social isolation), can result in the beginning of mental health issues. In persons with neglected hearing loss, it’s not unusual to notice an increase in the chances for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re using hearing aids. That means:
- You can keep your hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids together with regular screening.
- Social isolation will be less likely. Interactions will be easier to understand 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 lessen depression, anxiety, and dementia because they stimulate your brain and your social life.
- Inner ear health: Hearing loss by itself will not result in inner ear damage. But there is frequently a common cause for both loss of hearing and damage to the inner ear. Sometimes, a hearing aid is a component of the treatment program for hearing loss which can also assist with inner ear injury.
- Creating stronger awareness: Occasionally, because you aren’t mindful of your environment, you may have a fall. Your situational awareness can be significantly hampered by hearing conditions. Determining which direction sound is coming from can be as difficult as hearing sound in general. A fall or other injury can be the consequence.
- Modern technology: Hearing aids have begun incorporating novel technology that is able to alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when a person using the hearing aids experiences a fall. This can lessen lasting injuries and complications even though it won’t stop the fall itself.
The fact remains, you have a higher chance of avoiding a fall when you’re using hearing aids. A hearing aid keeps you more alert, more perceptive, and more tuned in, enhancing cognitive capabilities and general health simultaneously.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even mentioned the fact that a hearing aid can also help you hear. So it seems like when you consider all of the positive aspects associated with wearing hearing aids, it’s a no brainer. (Pretty obvious).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. It can be difficult to recognize loss of hearing when it happens slowly over time. That’s the reason why having a regular hearing exam is important. A wide range of other health issues can be made worse by hearing loss.
Hearing aids will reduce the possibility of physical damage while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping your hearing, hearing aids provide a striking number of benefits.