Hearing Health Blog

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As you’ve been getting older, you’ve most likely been looking for ways to maintain your youthfulness.

Exercise, vitamins, and diet have all been part of your regimen. You’ve already spent too much on maintaining your hair and keeping wrinkles at bay. You even signed up for a Yoga class. You can stay happy and youthful at any age.

But fortunately, there’s an inexpensive way to keep that youthful happy feeling which has scientific backing. Yet, fewer than 16% of people who would benefit are taking advantage of it.

The “trick” is easy – they’re using their hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

As we age, this may be the trick to remaining youthful and happy.

Is Hearing Loss Very Prevalent?

By the time you reach the age of 45, your risk of developing hearing loss goes up significantly. Even children as young as 12 are impacted.

A study showed that out of all individuals between 45 and 54, hearing loss is experienced by 11% of them. By age 80 that percentage increases to 90%. Of those between the ages of 65 and 74, almost 25 % experience disabling hearing loss and that number increases to 50% by age 80.

Additionally, hearing loss is twice as common with men younger than 70 compared to women in the same age group.

While you probably correlate hearing loss with growing old, most hearing loss happens due to exposure to loud and harmful sounds. Over the course of their lives, some individuals are exposed to more harmful noise than others.

Hearing loss isn’t an inevitability, but not treating your hearing loss has been demonstrated by repeated studies, to impact your general health, happiness, and youthfulness.

But hearing aids are used by just 1 out of 7 individuals who actually need them.

Your Key to Youthfulness And Happiness is Your Hearing Aid

Wearing your hearing aid has been directly related to the following outcomes:

  • Being 20% more likely to engage in social activities

You’ll concur, being around others is one of the things that make life worthwhile. You feel happier and younger when you spend treasured time with those you love doing the activities you enjoy.

Individuals are more likely to remain socially active when they use their hearing aid regularly..

  • Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression

Research has revealed that individuals with hearing loss who wear hearing aids are less likely to report sad feelings and loneliness, which is associated with depression.

They’re also less likely to feel as though people are angry with them or trying to avoid them. They’re less likely to seclude themselves from others.

Increased happiness is the outcome of less depression.

  • Less likelihood of suffering from mental decline

If you have a mom, dad, or aunt with dementia, you know how scary it is for the family and the person in cognitive decline. Cognitive decline makes people feel older because they’re always forgetting, and it takes longer for them to process things.

As cognitive decline progresses, the individuals who are coping with it are no longer capable of doing the things that make them feel happy and youthful.

If your risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s can be lowered by simply using hearing aids, shouldn’t you be doing that.

  • Minimizing your risk of falling by 30%

The chances of falling and sustaining a serious injury becomes a real worry as we age. When we were younger, we were much more stable. A hospital stay and several weeks of rehab could be the consequence if a serious fall results in a fracture.

That’s not a place you want to be. Being in pain in the hospital isn’t at all fun.

You’re happier when you’re capable of getting around easily. You’re not as likely to be startled because you’re more confident with your movements.

Using your hearing aid will let you spend more time with friends and family and less time cooped up in a hospital bed.

  • Having 30% fewer arguments and misunderstandings

How many times have you been involved in a misunderstanding because you failed to hear what someone actually said. Or, maybe, a friend raises her voice so you can hear her more clearly, but you think she’s yelling at you.

Neglected hearing loss puts a tremendous strain on your relationships with family and friends. It can create anger, resentment, sadness, and other unfavorable emotions. But you will have more positive interactions with friends and family if you are able to hear better which hearing aids will help you do. Helping you stay happy and youthful at any age.

Whatever you’ve lost, get it back

Have you been using your hearing aid? Many of the basic joys in life that you’ve been missing include:

  • Music
  • Outings and social clubs
  • Conversations with family and friends without needing them to speak up
  • Children’s laughter
  • The sounds of nature at your local park

If you have hearing loss, you might still hear these things to some degree but they are most likely not as pleasant.

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