Can Hearing Aids Help You Live Longer? Insights from Experts

by | Mar 22, 2024 | Hearing Aids

You might be familiar with regular health checkups, like dental cleanings and eye exams, but have you ever considered the impact of hearing health on your overall well-being? Emerging research suggests a compelling connection between hearing health, cognitive function, and, quite possibly, lifespan.

We’re intrigued by recent studies, including one from Dr. Janet Choi of the University of Southern California, revealing that hearing aids could play a crucial role in extending life expectancy. Dr. Choi’s research, involving nearly 1,900 participants with hearing loss, found that those who regularly used hearing aids had a 24 percent lower risk of mortality than non-users.

Why Might Hearing Aids Boost Longevity?

While hearing aids are not a magic bullet for longevity, regular usage among those with hearing loss appears to significantly decrease mortality risk. This connection is not just about hearing better; it’s about the comprehensive benefits that come with maintaining active hearing health.

Untreated hearing loss is linked to various health risks, including cognitive decline, social isolation, and physical frailty. By addressing hearing loss with professional care and hearing aids, these risks can be mitigated.

Unfortunately, Choi’s study highlighted a gap in hearing aid usage, with only 12 percent of participants wearing their devices consistently. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, leading some to neglect daily hearing aid use, thus missing out on the benefits of continuous auditory support.

The Path to Better Hearing and Health

Delaying hearing aid use is common, with many waiting up to seven years from the onset of hearing difficulties before seeking help. This delay can have profound effects on both mental and physical health. Modern hearing aid technology, however, is far removed from the bulky devices of the past. Today’s hearing aids can be virtually invisible, blending seamlessly into daily life.

Our comprehensive hearing assessments delve into potential causes of hearing loss, allowing us to tailor treatment to each individual’s needs. Beyond the obvious benefit of improved hearing, our care can enhance safety in everyday situations, like navigating traffic, and enrich social interactions and overall mental health.

Taking the Next Steps

If the idea of living a fuller, potentially longer life with the help of hearing aids appeals to you, it’s time to consider professional hearing care.

Clarity Hearing is committed to providing personalized assessments and solutions designed to improve your quality of life. Whether you’re commuting daily, engaging in social activities, or simply enjoying the sounds of life, hearing health is a critical component of your overall well-being.

Concerned about your hearing? Let’s talk. Schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment with Clarity Hearing today, and explore how we can support your journey to better hearing and, potentially, a longer, healthier life.

Contact us at one of our five locations to learn more about our services and how we can help you hear the world more clearly.

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Dr. Scott Marquardt - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Clarity Hearing

Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.

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