Did you know that hearing loss can affect every aspect of life, ranging from relationships, and social engagement to physical health and self-image? It’s also associated with some common conditions and behaviors that can signal the need for hearing care.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2012 found that folks with mild hearing loss were nearly three times as likely to report a fall. Hearing impairment dramatically increases the risk of a fall.
Sound plays a crucial role in how the brain functions. Research from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) suggests that poorer hearing can lead to reduced gray matter in the part of the brain necessary for speech comprehension. Fortunately, early treatment can help the brain retain those connections.
Older adults with hearing loss have a 57 percent greater risk of deep depression than those without it, according to research at Johns Hopkins. Adults treated with hearing aids, however, report improved mental health and other benefits.
You may be surprised to learn that smokers are at a greater risk for hearing impairment than their nonsmoking counterparts. Conversely, quitting the tobacco habit could improve hearing and other aspects of health.
Hearing impairment increases mortality risks among older men, according to a study summarized by the BHI and supported in part by the National Institutes of Health. When older men and women used hearing aids, however, this was found to lower mortality risk.
Clearly, hearing is integral to your health, which is why it’s important to catch hearing problems early. Doing so can make a real difference in your long-term quality of life.
If you notice a change in your hearing, have a condition that may increase your risk of impairment, or haven’t had a hearing checkup in at least a year, call us today at 330-779-8096 to schedule an evaluation!
Dr. Sheryl Figliano