One of the most wonderful examples of technology helping to improve people's daily lives is undoubtedly that of hearing aids. Due to the nature of our ears, the hair cells that are integral to our perception of sound can die off with age or become damaged, but they do not grow back once such things occur.
Hearing aids can help to restore many of the sounds that become lost with hearing impairment, but they can also have a raft of other benefits for your health and wellbeing overall.
We're taking a look at a few of these unexpected benefits and how they can help you live better for longer.
The wider effects of hearing aid use
Left untreated, hearing loss can have a considerable impact on your emotional wellbeing. As it becomes more difficult to make out conversation clearly, people with untreated hearing loss can tend to withdraw from social situations, rather than battle through them.
This can result not only in social isolation, but anxiety and depression, the latter of which has been linked to higher mortality risk, according to research published in the British Medical Journal*.
However, by seeking treatment for a hearing problem, you can help to lessen the chances of such a mental condition taking hold. In addition, using hearing aids could also be critical in preventing, or at least delaying the onset of dementia, as noted by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM)*.
"A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it's such a slow and insidious process as we age," said Dr Frank Lin from JHM. "Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we're showing that it may well be a more serious problem."*
To find out more about how a hearing aid can help to change your life, you can click here or call 0800 001 726 to request a hearing check appointment with your local Audika clinic.