Hearing is one of our most essential senses and one that we often don’t appreciate or protect until it’s too late. Strong hearing improves our lives by improving our social, mental, and physical health. If you aren’t protecting your hearing or neglecting your hearing impairment, you are compromising your general health in ways you may not have realized. Here are just a few of the many advantages of healthy hearing:
Enhanced Physical Health
After getting hearing aids, 21 percent of people who participated in a Hear The World Foundation survey reported exercising more frequently. Moreover, 34 percent of participants with hearing aids reported they were participating in sports activities at least once per week.
Better Mental Health
Clinical depression, as well as the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s have been connected to hearing impairment according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. Luckily, many of these issues can be prevented or even reversed by using hearing aids.
When you’re in a relationship, nothing is more important than communication. This is especially true with friends and family. Hearing loss can cause miscommunication, aggravation, and ill will. When you’re in public places that have a lot of background noise, wearing hearing aids will allow you to continue to participate in conversations.
Improved Cognitive Abilities
A study released in 2016 found that hearing aids can increase brain function in people with hearing impairment. Cognition is interrupted by hearing loss as the brain utilizes extra resources trying to hear and understand.
Less Tinnitus Symptoms
Individuals who experience hearing loss will be able to hear sounds they previously couldn’t when they wear hearing aids. By increasing the stimulation between the brain and auditory pathways, hearing aids can help hide and reduce tinnitus symptoms. Wearers can also use hearing aids to manage volumes and drown out tinnitus sounds.
If you’re spending more energy than usual to listen to and understand everyday conversations, it can result in anxiety, sleep disturbances, tiredness, and even exhaustion. Hearing aids not only help you hear and communicate more successfully, but they also help you conserve energy by exerting less effort when listening.
Better hearing means you can respond to important sounds and noises that happen in your daily life. Sirens, alarms, cell phones, car horns, and other traffic sounds identifying approaching traffic, need to be heard and hearing aids will help you do that.
If you suffer from tinnitus, the condition may cause you to have headaches or even migraines which then can increase tinnitus noises. The intensity and frequency of headaches can be reduced by using hearing aids which reduce tinnitus symptoms.
Young children who are still developing early language skills need to have any hearing problems treated as soon as possible. There might be fluid in the child’s inner middle ears canal which may require a tube to be surgically implanted for drainage. For more severe conditions, children may be fitted with hearing aids to enhance their hearing and ensure they are learning to speak clearly and accurately.
Even adults articulate and communicate better when they have clear hearing.
Improved Workplace Confidence
Effective communication is essential to performing your day-to-day work duties. Not being capable of hearing important conversations with your coworkers can cause misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and tasks going unfinished. Using hearing aids can help you avoid these problems, and allow you to have greater pride and satisfaction in your career. Stronger communication skills will make your relationship with your coworkers better also.
You should get in touch with your local hearing professional if you believe hearing loss is causing you to miss important conversations. These professionals can help identify your level of hearing impairment, as well as whether your hearing – and general health – would benefit from wearing hearing aids.