A woman treats her hearing loss by visiting a hearing healthcare practitioner and hearing aid expert to discuss a hearing aid cost.

How Treating Hearing Loss can Improve Overall Health

Treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but can improve your overall health and reduce risks of developing associated conditions.

Did you know that treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but can also improve your overall health and reduce the risks of developing associated conditions? Many people think that hearing loss only affects their ability to hear and communicate, but in actual fact, research shows that it can also affect other aspects of health and well-being. Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss in adults has been associated with:

  • Restricted mobility and an increased risk of falling
  • Dementia and cognitive decline 
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Cardiovascular conditions 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Strokes.

So, by treating hearing loss you will not only improve your quality of life but you may reduce the likelihood of developing these conditions. A recent study has shown that people fitted with a hearing aid have:

  • An 18% reduced risk of developing dementia,
  • A 13% reduced risk of fall-related injuries,
  • An 11% reduced risk of battling with anxiety and/or depression.2

Interestingly, in another study, being fitted with hearing aids was shown to improve cognition, reduce the risk of developing dementia and improve the overall quality of life in comparison to pre-hearing aid fitting measures.3

Perhaps you suspect that you have a hearing loss. If that is the case, here are some common signs that indicate a potential hearing loss. The treatment of hearing loss is unique to each person, but, for the majority of people with hearing loss, the appropriate treatment is to speak to a Lexie hearing expert or hearing healthcare practitioner, and have hearing aids fitted. For those with more significant degrees of hearing loss or who experience other symptoms, it’s best to visit a hearing healthcare, or medical practitioner.

Finally, you can find out what your degree of hearing loss is by taking the Lexie hearing test. It only takes 2 minutes and you’ll be able to start your journey toward achieving better hearing.

1Besser, J., Strophal, M., Urry, E., & Launer, S. (2018). Comorbidities of hearing loss and the implications of multimorbidity for audiological care. Hearing Research, 369, 3-14. 2Mahmoudi, E., Basu, T., Langa, K., McKee, M. M., Zazove, P., Alexander, N., & Kamdar, N. (2019). Can hearing aids delay time to diagnosis of dementia, depression, or falls in older adults? Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 67(11), 2362-9. 3Sarant, J., Harris, D., Busby, P., Maruff, P., Schembri, A., Lemke, U., & Launer, S. (2020). The effect of hearing aid use on cognition in older adults: Can we delay decline or even improve cognitive function. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9, 254.  
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Written byRenate Olinger

Masters in Audiology

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