Several studies have proven that hearing loss can have an impact on your brain. (Some of our previous blogs clearly reveal that.) Hearing Aids, luckily, have been proven to be able to help you regain some of that cognitive ability.
This is not to say that hearing aids are somehow going to make you smarter. But there’s some compelling research that suggests hearing aids can enhance cognitive abilities, lowering your risk for depression, dementia, and anxiety.
Your Brain is Responsible For a Substantial Amount of Your Hearing
To understand the link between your ears and cognition, it’s crucial to understand that a significant 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 the brain that decipher sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing starts to diminish.
When combined with other variables (such as social solitude), the changes in your brain (and hearing) can lead to the onset of specific mental health problems. Anxiety, depression, and dementia are much more evident in people who have untreated hearing loss.
Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re using hearing aids. That means:
- Your brain will stay healthier if it continues working; your brain will be getting a more regular workout in the regions responsible for hearing.
- You’ll be less likely to isolate yourself socially. You will be more likely to engage with people if you’re able to hear and understand conversations.
- Because you’ll be capable of coupling your hearing aids with consistent monitoring and other treatment options, you can stop your hearing from becoming increasingly worse.
Hearing aids enhance your brain and your social life and can lessen dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- Modern technology: Some modern hearing aids, when someone has a fall, can immediately notify emergency services. This can lessen long term injuries and complications even though it won’t prevent the fall itself.
- Inner ear health: Hearing loss by itself will not cause inner ear injury. But there is often a common cause for both hearing loss and inner ear damage. So treating the one can help you treat the other, and in some instances, a hearing aid is a part of that treatment routine.
- Raising awareness: Occasionally, you fall because you aren’t aware of your surroundings. Your situational awareness can be severely hindered by hearing conditions. Not only can it be difficult to hear sounds, but it can also be a challenge to ascertain what direction sounds are originating from. Without treatment, this can wind up causing injury or a fall.
Ultimately, when you’re using a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall to start with. A hearing aid enhances your physical health and your cognitive capability while carrying out the essential tasks of helping you stay more aware, more focused, and more dialed in.
Start Using Your Hearing Aid
None of this has even yet addressed the fundamental hearing benefits of hearing aids. So when you take into consideration that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health benefits and physical well-being, it seems like using these devices should be a simple choice (not something you need to put your thinking cap on for).
The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing fades away slowly, you might have a difficult time recognizing it. That’s why it’s important to have your hearing checked on a regular basis. Without hearing aids, hearing loss can exacerbate a number of of other health concerns.
The ideal hearing aid can, in part, slow the beginning of depression and dementia, while lessening the occurrences of certain physical injuries. Besides helping your hearing, hearing aids provide a striking number of benefits.