There’s a lot of thought and discussion that goes into the decision to get hearing aids, a lot of weighing the pros and cons. Well, we’re here to help make that decision a little easier by discussing the 5 great benefits of hearing aids and the positive impact they make.
Improved Mental Health
It’s no secret that hearing loss can be frustrating. Difficulty hearing can impact every facet of our lives and coping with it can be a struggle. The loss of hearing can increase a person’s risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders. After all, it can be more than a little disheartening—and scary—to have a hard time hearing what’s going on around you. This is where hearing aids can help. By helping you hear the world around you, hearing aids reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to a better mental state.
Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline
Hearing health has quite the impact on our overall brain health and function. Recent findings have linked hearing loss not only to a higher rate of mental decline, but also to a much higher risk of developing dementia. There is good news, however! The same studies have found that using hearing aids to address hearing loss can erase this increased risk.
Lower Risk of Falls
Problems with balance have long been linked with the ears. From vertigo caused by dislodged calcium crystals in the ear to dizziness triggered by problems within the inner ear, our balance and our ears are intrinsically linked. But did you know that hearing loss can affect your balance so much that it can actually increase the risk of a fall. Fortunately, wearing hearing aids can help. A study by the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis showed that wearing hearing aids can improved balance and decrease the risk of a fall.
Improved Social Life
With the increased confidence that comes with being able to hear the world around you, comes the willingness to take part in more and more social interactions. Going out to dinner with friends isn’t as fun when you have difficulty hearing the conversation, but with improved hearing and the heightened mental health that comes with, you can be free to enjoy socializing.
Reduced Tinnitus Symptoms
Tinnitus is more common that you might think, affecting 1 in 5 people in the United States. By amplifying the sounds around you, hearing aids can help to mask or distract from the ringing from tinnitus. Also, many hearing aid companies offer sound therapy apps that communicate and work directly with your hearing aid that can help lower the perception of tinnitus symptoms.
Beltone wants to help you take the first step toward better hearing. Check your hearing from the comfort and safety of your own home with our fast, free online hearing test at www.beltonewest.com. If the test reveals a potential hearing loss, there are many treatment options available. You can also give us a call or text at 928-723-1958 to schedule a free hearing screening. If you suspect or have been diagnosed with hearing loss, don’t wait to take the first step toward better hearing. Taking early action can dramatically improve your quality of life!