When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a number of physical, mental and emotional issues. Fortunately, seeking treatment through the use of hearing aids can not only prevent these comorbidities but can also improve your overall quality of life.
Beyond improving your ability to hear, below are the top three benefits seen from hearing aids.
Improving Your Balance
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of four people over 65 fall each year, with one out of five of those falls leading to a serious injury. There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of falling, one of which is untreated hearing loss.
Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that hearing loss was significantly associated with the odds of reported falls. For each increase of 10 decibels of hearing loss, the odds of falling within the next 12 months went up 1.4-fold.
Hearing loss requires a lot of extra mental energy, as your brain is trying to make up for the lack of auditory information. Because of this, less resources are left for other brain functions, such as balance.
Improving Your Mood
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness. One study surveyed nearly 20,000 participants. They found that those with self-reported hearing loss were 11.4% more likely to experience moderate to severe depression, and 19.1% were more likely to experience mild depressive symptoms.
When you cannot hear the conversation or participate in the joke, there is a risk you will stop attending social activities and spending time with people you love. To put it simply, “Isolation leads to loneliness — which leads to depression,” says Jackie Clark, a clinical professor of audiology at University of Texas at Dallas.
Improving Your Relationships
Healthy relationships are built on honesty, trust and communication. When one of those components is removed from the equation, the consequences can be serious. A survey conducted in the U.K of adults with hearing loss found that:
- 44% reported that their relationships suffered because they could not hear properly
- 52% reported that they felt ignored and left out in social situations
- 34% reported that they lost touch with friends
When you choose not to treat your hearing loss, much of the communication burden is put on your loved ones. And sometimes, the relationship cannot withstand this strain.
Fortunately, most people with hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing aids. To learn more about hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get started, contact Bountiful Hearing Center today.