Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

Women with hearing loss laughing on park bench.

That loss of hearing can affect your brain has been verified in several studies. (Just have a look at some of our past blog posts.) The good news is, it’s also been verified that you can restore some of that cognitive ability by using hearing aids.

This is not to say that hearing aids are in some manner going to make you more intelligent. 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.

You Carry Out a Lot of Hearing With Your Brain

It’s important to recognize how big a part your brain plays in hearing if you are going to comprehend the link between your ears and cognition. That’s where the vibrations of the world are transformed into the sounds of your surroundings. The regions of the brain that decipher sound will suddenly have less to do when hearing begins to diminish.

When combined with other variables (such as social isolation), the alterations in your brain (and hearing) can result in the onset of specific mental health issues. In individuals with neglected hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to notice an increase in the chances of anxiety, depression, and dementia.

Your essentially “treating” your hearing loss when you’re wearing hearing aids. That means:

  • You won’t be as likely to isolate yourself socially. Interactions will be easier to comprehend and follow, so you’ll be more likely to participate.
  • Your brain will stay healthier if it continues working; your brain will be getting a more consistent workout in the parts responsible for hearing.
  • You can keep your hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids in conjunction with regular screening.

Staying Attentive

Hearing aids can prevent dementia, anxiety, and depression because they stimulate your brain and your social life.

  • State of the art technology: Some current hearing aids, when someone has a fall, can immediately alert emergency services. This may not prevent the fall in the first place, but it can lessen long-lasting injuries or complications caused by the fall.
  • The health of your inner ear: Hearing loss by itself will not cause inner ear injury. However, sometimes loss of hearing and inner ear damage have a common cause. Sometimes, a hearing aid is part of the treatment program for loss of hearing which can also help inner ear damage.
  • Raising awareness: Sometimes, because you aren’t mindful of your surroundings, you might have a fall. Decreased hearing ability can significantly reduce your situational awareness. Not only can it be challenging to hear sounds, but it can also be challenging to figure out what direction sounds are originating from. Without treatment, this can end up resulting in injury or a fall.

Inevitably, when you’re wearing a hearing aid, you’re more likely to avoid a fall to begin with. A hearing aid enhances your physical health and your cognitive capability while performing the important functions of helping you stay more aware, more focused, and more dialed in.

Stop Neglecting Your Hearing Aid

None of this has even yet dealt with the basic hearing benefits of hearing aids. So when you take into consideration that amplified hearing, factor in the mental health advantages and physical well-being, it seems like wearing these devices would be a simple choice (Pretty obvious).

The problem is that many people don’t know they have hearing loss. When your hearing fades away slowly, you might have a hard time noticing. That’s the reason why it’s crucial to have your hearing tested on a regular basis. A wide range of other health issues can be made worse by loss of hearing.

Hearing aids will reduce the possibility of physical injury while helping to slow dementia and depression. That’s a striking combination of advantages that hearing aids offer, and they also help your hearing.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.