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We typically don’t appreciate how important our sense of hearing is until it’s too late. Socially, mentally and physically, our lives are enhanced with good hearing. If you aren’t safeguarding your hearing or disregarding your hearing loss, you are compromising your overall health in ways you may not have recognized. Here are just a few of the many advantages of healthy hearing:

Enhanced Physical Health

According to a survey performed by Hear The World Foundation, 21 percent of respondents confirmed exercising more often after obtaining hearing aids. Additionally, 34 percent of respondents with hearing aids said they were taking part in sports activities at least once every week.

Improved Mental Health

Clinical depression, along with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s have been connected to hearing impairment according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. Fortunately, the use of hearing aids has been shown to help reverse or prevent many of these issues.

Stronger Relationships

When you’re in a relationship, nothing is more important than the ability to communicate. This is especially true with friends and family. Hearing loss can result in miscommunication, aggravation, and ill will. By improving your hearing by using hearing aids, you will be better able to engage in conversations, particularly in crowded rooms, public places, or other areas with a great deal of background noise.

Improved Mental Abilities

In people with hearing impairment, a 2016 study showed that wearing hearing aids improves brain function. Cognition is interrupted by hearing loss as the brain makes use of extra resources trying to hear and understand.

Fewer Tinnitus Symptoms

Individuals who cope with hearing loss will be able to hear sounds they previously couldn’t when they wear hearing aids. By enhancing the stimulation between the brain and auditory pathways, hearing aids can help mask and reduce tinnitus symptoms. Users can also use hearing aids to control volumes and drown out tinnitus sounds.

Decreased Fatigue

If you’re expending more energy than normal to listen to and understand everyday conversations, it can result in stress, sleep disturbances, tiredness, and even exhaustion. As well as helping you effectively communicate, hearing aids also help you spend less energy trying to hear.

Improved Safety

You will be able to better react to important sounds and noises when you have good hearing. Wearing hearing aids ensures you can hear alarms, sirens, cell phones, doorbells, and car horns, in addition to other traffic sounds that indicate approaching vehicles.

Fewer Headaches

Headaches and even migraines frequently accompany tinnitus which can, in turn, make the tinnitus symptoms even worse. The intensity and frequency of headaches can be reduced by using hearing aids which decrease tinnitus symptoms.

Clearer Speech

To ensure your children learn essential language and pronunciation skills, it is imperative to immediately treat any hearing loss experienced by young children who are still building these skills. There may be fluid in the child’s inner middle ears canal which may require a tube to be surgically implanted for drainage. For more serious conditions, children may be fitted with hearing aids to improve their hearing and ensure they’re learning to talk clearly and accurately.

Even adults articulate and communicate better when they have clear hearing.

Improved Confidence in The Workplace

If you’re going to accomplish your daily work responsibilities competently, you need to be able to hear. Not being capable of hearing critical conversations with your coworkers can lead to misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and unfinished tasks. The use of hearing aids can help you eliminate these problems, and allow you to have greater pride and satisfaction in your career. Better workplace communication and increased production will also improve the disposition of your coworkers.

You should speak to your local hearing professional if you think hearing impairment is causing you to miss important conversations. These experts can help identify your level of hearing loss, as well as whether your hearing – and overall health – would benefit from using hearing aids.

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