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Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Your Ears Hold the Secret to Aging Well

Grandfather speaks with granddaughter about hearing health!

Studies now show hearing health has a greater impact on overall health as people age than previously understood. That’s because not only does hearing affect many aspects of a person’s life, but its subtle impacts can have staggering long term consequences on the whole body.

How quickly would your get to your doctor's office if you knew that just changing one aspect of your health care would impact all the following areas?

  • Increase Income
  • Strengthen Relationships
  • Reduce Discrimination
  • Reduce Frustration
  • Reduce Depression
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Reduce Paranoia
  • Reduce Social Phobias
  • Reduce Self-Criticism
  • Increase Self-Esteem
  • Increase Overall Health
  • Increase Ability to Concentrate
  • Increase Communication
  • Increase Social Activity
  • Increase Feelings of Self-Worth
  • Increase Physical Well-Being
  • Diminish Unexpected Incidents of Falling
  • The startling truth now emerging is that all of these areas, many of which are related to aging, can be dramatically impacted by today’s advanced hearing technologies. Surprised? You’re not alone. A large number of family physicians as well as the average person remain unaware of the stunning benefits of hearing aids. But the word is getting out. Numerous global studies including Hearing is Living continue to pour forth data that supports the encouraging fact that treating hearing loss is one of the simplest and most beneficial things people can do to stay healthy, fit, and engaged as they age.

    Why Has It Taken So Long to Figure This Out?

    Audiologist have known or suspected the wide-ranging implications of hearing loss for years, but the devastating impacts of untreated hearing loss, especially as people age, remained off the public radar until the conclusion of recent studies. Now the significance of hearing health is being established not only for aging adults, but for children in classrooms, kids with learning difficulties, kids with special needs, and other diverse groups. These results are changing the way people think about and care for their hearing.

    Can Your Hearing Really Impact Your Whole Body?

    Taking care of hearing and treating hearing loss as you age can help to support physical health in subtle and important ways. For example, the brain’s central auditory system works to interpret and decode the electrical signals sent from inner ears. This complex effort can strengthen brain health and elasticity. Interestingly, untreated hearing loss has also been tied to a higher risk of sudden falls. Studies are still out, but it’s thought cognitive overload—the exhaustive effort of struggling to pay attention with hearing loss--may increase unexpected falls.

    What Can I Do to Keep My Hearing Health?

    In addition to maintaining good nutrition, best practice hearing health includes annual testing by an experienced audiologist. The complex diagnostic technologies used to precisely interpret hearing are not available in your average physician’s office. Many audiologists have made it their goal to inform people about the unexpected costs of hearing loss, while maintaining the highest quality hearing diagnostic technologies. If you need help finding an audiologist in your area click HERE to be connected with the largest network of hearing health professionals in the nation!

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