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If you’re losing your hearing, there are a lot of good reasons to get a hearing aid, but one of the most important is that cognitive decline– the ability to respond and interact with others being reduced– can be offset, giving you a greater quality of living.
Studies continue to show the benefits of hearing aids on aging and staying more active, including the offset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. In that context, here are five reasons how hearing aids will help reduce the risk of mental illness later while giving you a higher quality of life today.
One of the most important aspects of using a hearing aid is its most obvious: to hear and respond to other people. When this ability to respond to others is reduced, messages are lost, leading to frustration on the part of both the listener and the hearer. Hearing aids help by reducing this frustration, better enabling reciprocal communication, and ultimately improve your everyday communications.
Reduced communications can have a massive overall net effect on self-esteem and the desire to communicate with others. By making sure that properly fitted and tuned hearing aids are in place, seniors find that their confidence in communication is massively improved, reducing the risk that there will be problems in communications later.
Hearing is not limited to verbal communication, however, and having peripheral hearing available is a safety issue. Putting aside talking to others, hearing the horn of a car can make a difference between life and death. On another note, hearing the sounds of the morning and the evening that we take for granted when we can hear them make a huge difference in our quality of life.
One of the early signs of dementia is keeping your thoughts from becoming sounds. Studies show that mental exercise reduces the onset of dementia, but such exercise– when it comes to sound– requires external stimuli to be successful. Properly working hearing aids reduce the possibility of stimulus reduction leading to dementia.
In the end, hearing aids will help you live a happier, more engaged life with the world around you. As studies have shown, it’s this engagement which reduces the onset of dementia and can help you enjoy longer, better, and more fulfilled golden years.