Hearing aids are miraculous little devices, providing numerous benefits for people living with hearing loss. Not only can they boost your mental health, but they can also improve your ability to respond to an emergency and even lower your risk of dementia. Hearing aids can dramatically enhance your quality of life, but do you know how they could lengthen your life?
Improved Mental Health
Hearing loss can make it challenging to enjoy your daily routine or communicate with others. This may lead to reduced mental health. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) found that depression was more common in individuals with hearing loss, affecting up to 11 percent of hearing loss sufferers. Luckily, hearing aids can help. According to a survey conducted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), individuals with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report feelings of depression compared to those with hearing aids. Overall, hearing aids lower the risk of sadness and depression, especially in older adults. Hearing aids do more than just amplify your hearing. They also keep you connected to others, which can improve your mental health over time.
Improved Motor Function
Hearing aids can improve your auditory abilities. They free up your brain to focus more on walking, balancing, and other motor functions. It might not seem like basic motor functions require a lot of brainpower, but actually it takes a significant amount of brain function to move effectively. According to the National Council on Aging(NCOA), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries when it comes to older Americans. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that hearing loss contributes to a significantly higher fall risk, which is one reason why devices like hearing aids are so important.
Reduced Risk of Memory Loss
Hearing aids can also reduce your risk of diseases associated with aging. There is significant evidence that untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. That’s a scary statistic for a lot of reasons, especially since Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by 89 percent between 2000 and 2014. Treating hearing loss can make communication easier even if your loved one has been diagnosed with a memory condition.
Improved Emergency Response
Emergency response is another example of how hearing aids could lengthen your life. We’re constantly surrounded by indicators of safety or danger. Examples are cars honking, people yelling, dogs barking, smoke alarms blaring, and ambulances wailing. All of these sounds alert us during emergency situations, allowing us to react accordingly. Obviously, hearing loss makes it more difficult to hear these sounds. This could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.
When you reach your sunset years, you’ll likely have more experience, wisdom, and confidence. Many people say they know themselves better as they grow older and they care less what other people. Health complications can also accompany aging, of course, but now that you’ve learned how hearing aids can lengthen your life, we hope you’ll protect your auditory health by doing one simple, proactive thing: scheduling a hearing examination with an hearing provider. If your hearing provider determines you could benefit from hearing aids, don’t procrastinate. Hearing aids can improve your cognitive function, improve your emergency response, and even reduce your risk of dementia. These devices are more than just conveniences – they can be lifesavers. Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.