When you start wearing hearing aids, the obvious positive benefit is better hearing. However, there are other positive effects you may know realize that hearing aids bring to your life. We have composed a list of some of the unknown benefits you will experience when you start wearing hearing aids.
- Preventing Cognitive Decline: Hearing is actually a function of the brain. We explained more about this in our recent blog post. Research from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging has showed that the longer hearing loss goes untreated, the more chance you have of your brain forgetting how to interpret sounds and speech. The decline in memory function as a result of long term hearing loss can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Minimizing the Effects of Tinnitus: One of the ways we have for treating tinnitus is with hearing aids. Tinnitus is a condition when you hear sounds that are not really there. Part of the reason that tinnitus occurs with hearing loss is because the brain is trying to process sounds. Hearing aids help to combat this effect.
- Better Communication: Aside from not hearing well, one of the biggest side effects of hearing loss is a deficit in communication. You could be missing out with time well spent with your family and friends if you can’t hear and properly communicate with them.
- Improved Earning Potential: The Better Hearing Institute has done research in the area of earning potential being impacted by hearing loss. Their study revealed that when hearing loss is left untreated it can reduce annual earnings by as much as $30,000. However, when hearing aids are implemented the risk of decreased earning was greatly reduced up to 90%.
- Improved Confidence: When you can hear properly, it makes communication with everyone so much easier. As a result, it improves your confidence.
- Less Tired Feeling: Another lesser known side effect of hearing loss is fatigue. As we mentioned above, hearing is a function of the brain. When your brain expels extra energy trying to process sounds that the ear is not amplifying enough, it often results in exhaustion after a long day of “trying” to hear. Hearing aids eliminate this problem and therefore reduce the tired feeling that many people with hearing loss experience.
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