Regular use of hearing aids showed a 24% reduction in mortality risk.

Can Hearing Aids Help You Live Longer?

by | May 17, 2024 | Hearing Loss

The intricate connection between hearing health and overall well-being has captured the attention of many health professionals and individuals alike.

With the growing body of research emphasizing the broader impacts of hearing loss, it’s worth considering whether hearing aids could actually help extend your lifespan.

Why Consider Hearing Aids?

For many, a hearing test might seem like a luxury or an afterthought. However, just as you regularly check your vision, dental health, and physical fitness, hearing deserves the same attention.

This is especially pressing considering findings from a notable study conducted by Dr. Janet Choi from the University of Southern California.

Her research, involving nearly 10,000 participants, revealed that those who used hearing aids regularly experienced a 24% reduction in mortality risk compared to those who did not use hearing aids at all.

The Risks of Untreated Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss is not just an inconvenience; it’s a serious health concern linked to cognitive decline, social isolation, increased risk of falls, and overall frailty.

These factors can all contribute significantly to a diminished quality of life and a potentially reduced lifespan. Hearing aids can mitigate these risks, offering not only an enhancement in hearing but also a protective factor against these complications.

How Do Hearing Aids Enhance Longevity?

The study by Dr. Choi suggests that the routine use of hearing aids can substantially lower the risk of early mortality. It’s not that hearing aids are a magical cure-all, but they play a crucial role in maintaining an active, engaged, and safer lifestyle for individuals with a hearing loss.

Unfortunately, consistent use remains low, with only 12% of participants in Choi’s study wearing their hearing aids regularly outside of the research setting.

The Stigma around Hearing Aids

There’s a persistent stigma that hearing aids are only for the elderly or that they are cumbersome and noticeable.

However, with advances in technology, many modern hearing aids are nearly invisible and highly effective.

Removing the stigma is essential, as it can encourage more people to take action early when hearing loss is detected.

Professional Hearing Care: More than Just Hearing Aids

We understand that professional hearing care transcends simply fitting hearing aids. Our comprehensive hearing assessments delve into the potential causes of hearing loss, including genetics, environmental factors, and even everyday habits like exposure to loud noises.

Identifying these factors allows us to tailor a treatment plan that not only addresses hearing loss but also enhances overall auditory health.

Benefits of Regular Hearing Assessments

Routine hearing checks help identify changes in hearing health, allowing for timely interventions that can significantly improve your quality of life.

They also play a crucial role in maintaining your safety, particularly in navigating environments where hearing is crucial, such as driving or walking in busy areas.

Take the Next Step

If you’re noticing challenges with your hearing or simply want to ensure your ears are healthy, then consider scheduling a comprehensive hearing assessment with us. Embracing hearing aids and regular hearing care could significantly enhance your quality of life and potentially extend it.

Concerned about Your Hearing?

If you think that hearing aids might benefit you or if you have concerns about your hearing health, then don’t hesitate to reach out or request a callback to discuss the best care options for your situation.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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