Many are aware of the awesome benefit wearing hearing aids can bring, such as being able to hear conversations more clearly, enjoying social situation with family and friends and the safety benefits of being able to hear one’s surroundings properly.
Yet, did you know that there are possible “side effects” of wearing hearing aids?
Before I get to that, did you also know that between 2000 and 2010 (10 years in the USA):
- Breast Cancer deaths dropped 2%
- Prostate Cancer deaths dropped 16%
- Stoke Deaths fell 23%
Yet, Alzheimer’s related deaths increased a whopping 68% and, by 2050, costs to society for Alzheimer’s are could eclipse $1.5 Trillion, with no cure in sight.
Thus, going back to the question, about the “side effects” of wearing hearing aids, one newly proven “side effect” is:
WEARING HEARING AIDS REDUCES THE RISK OF COGNITIVE DECLINE!
Yes, new evidence proves that hearing aids are a prevention against accelerated cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.
Thus, in today’s world, we must now look beyond just communication but how an untreated hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s safety and long-term health.
On the flip side, early detection and correction, using properly prescribed and professionally fit hearing aids can benefit a user’s communication skills, safety, well-being and long-term mental health!
It is imperative, then, that if you or a loved one has or may have an issue with the lack of proper hearing, please call contact any of our 6 offices in Hawaii for a free hearing screening and consultation. It may be the best long-term choice you make.
References & Further Reading –
American Alzheimer’s Association
Self-Reported Hearing Loss: Hearing Aids and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-year Study”, just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society