Your hearing aid is an important part of your everyday life, not only because it allows you to hear and fully experience all parts of the day, but also because of the support that it provides to your mental health. While this may be a surprising connection, wearing a hearing aid has been shown to improve memory and balance while also keeping depression at bay. If you or someone you know is considering a hearing aid, consider these three positive effects that it may also bring to your mental health.
Keeping Your Memory Sharp
A 2016 study from the University of Texas-El Paso highlights the connections between hearing aids and improved brain functions such as memory and the ability to process information at a faster pace. In this study, adults with hearing loss who wore their hearing aids for two weeks showed significant improvements in memory and information processing. This connection is a particularly crucial one for improving your quality of life with a hearing aid. By wearing your hearing aid daily, you may notice a fast improvement in your own basic cognitive skills, as hearing more will allow you to take in and recall more information at a faster rate with your hearing aid throughout your day.
Fighting Off Depression
Hearing loss can cause frustration on many levels, whether at home with family or out with friends. A survey conducted by the National Council on Aging polled over 4,000 adults with hearing loss, finding that those who wear their hearing aids also showed fewer signs of depression in addition to less frustration. By eliminating this source of frustration and confusion with a hearing aid, you are also setting yourself up for greater emotional stability and happiness by having the ability to comfortably interact with friends and family.
Maintaining Your Balance
Because hearing is so closely connected with balance, hearing loss is also correlated as a heightened fall risk for seniors. However, wearing a hearing aid can greatly reduce this risk for many adults. In addition to improving your quality of life, your hearing aid can also help you reduce your risks for dangerous falls that may otherwise lead to further complications with your health.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently-owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized friendly service. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.
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