Several studies have proven that hearing loss can have an influence on your brain. (Just take a look at some of our past blog posts.) The good news is, it’s also been shown that you can restore some of that cognitive capacity through hearing aids.
We’re not saying that you will become smarter just by wearing hearing aids. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can improve cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
To recognize the link between cognition and your ears, it’s important to know that a substantial percentage of your hearing actually takes place in your brain. It’s the brain’s task to transform sound vibrations into recognizable sound information. So as your hearing diminishes, the regions of your brain that decipher those sounds suddenly have much less to do.
Combined with other variables (such as social solitude), the alterations in your brain (and hearing) can lead to the onset of specific mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are far more noticeable in people who have neglected hearing loss.
When you wear hearing aids, you’re essentially “treating” your hearing loss. That means:
- You can stop your hearing from getting worse by wearing hearing aids along with regular screening.
- Your brain will stay healthier if it keeps doing work; your brain will be getting a more regular workout in the regions responsible for hearing.
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. Conversations will be easier to understand and follow, so you’ll be more likely to engage.
Hearing aids stimulate your brain and your social life and can lessen depression, anxiety, and dementia.
- Growing awareness: At times, you fall because you’re not aware of your environment. Diminished hearing ability can significantly lessen your situational awareness. Not only can it be difficult to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to ascertain which direction sounds are originating from. Without treatment, this can end up causing injury or a fall.
- The health of your inner ear: Hearing loss by itself will not trigger inner ear injury. Notwithstanding, sometimes hearing loss and inner ear issues have a mutual cause. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in many circumstances, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment regimen.
- Cutting edge technology: Hearing aids have begun containing novel technology that can actually alert emergency contacts (or emergency services) when someone wearing the hearing aids experiences a fall. This may not prevent the fall in the first place, but it can prevent lasting injuries or complications caused by the fall.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall in the first place. A hearing aid enhances your physical health and cognitive capacity while performing the important functions of helping you stay more mindful, more focused, and more connected.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
We haven’t even addressed the fact that a hearing aid will also improve your hearing. So when you take that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems as if using these devices would be a simple decision (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 difficult time noticing. That’s the reason why getting a regular hearing assessment is necessary. A wide range of other health issues can be made worse by loss of hearing.
Hearing aids will minimize the chances of physical injury while helping to delay dementia and depression. Besides helping your hearing, hearing aids provide a surprising number of advantages.