Hearing Aids Can Help You Live Longer

by | Apr 20, 2024 | Hearing aids

It comes as no surprise that untreated hearing loss can lead to other health concerns, but a lot of people won’t realize its effects until it’s too late. 

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to harmful falls, frailty of the body, social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline/dementia – but there’s a key word here: Untreated. 

Many studies that we’ve read about hearing loss’s adverse effects on the body seek to spread awareness of the importance of treating hearing loss, and for us professionals in audiology, it’s great to see so many studies research how important hearing care is for your holistic health. 

One study that we read recently comes from the University of Southern California, done by Dr. Janet Choi, who posits that regular use of hearing aids can actually increase your lifespan. 

Consistent wear of hearing assistive devices could quite literally save your life.  

How Do Hearing Aids Help Me Live Longer? 

Dr. Choi’s study emphasizes that hearing aids aren’t the only solution to living a longer life – people with hearing loss challenges who wore their hearing aids regularly and consistently had a lowered mortality risk. 

Professional hearing care provides so much more than just better hearing. Your hearing helps you stay safe on the road, stay connected with your loved ones, and keeps you in your active lifestyle – hearing better means living better! 

Choi’s study showed that just 12% of her participants wore their hearing aids regularly outside of the study, despite how regular use helped lower their risk of premature mortality by 24% compared to the group of participants who didn’t wear hearing aids at all. 

However, we see where these people are coming from. Negative stigmas attached to hearing aids often make people avoid seeking out hearing care or wearing their devices at all; the image of a clunky, awkward hearing aid buzzing behind your ear isn’t pretty! 

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12% of her participants wore their hearing aids regularly

But that image is a thing of the past. Modern advanced hearing technology has come so far that some hearing aids can be entirely invisible, hidden in your ear canal – out of sight, out of mind. 

Professional hearing care and hearing aids will upgrade you from asking for repetition to rejoining the conversation with ease – as well as bringing solace that you’re not just looking after your ears but your entire body along with it. 

How Acadian Hearing Services Can Help You 

Found yourself struggling to hear the world around you? You’re not alone. Hearing loss can affect anyone of any age, and we’re here to help with every step of your hearing health journey. 

Some people hesitate looking into hearing care due to questions about services, concerns about their budget, or fear of isolation due to being the only person they know with hearing aids. If that sounds like you, get in touch with us – we’re happy to answer any questions or deliver advice. 

Feel free to request a callback and a member of our team will get in touch with more information. If you’d rather not wait, you can call our office at (337) 436-3277. 

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Dr. Heidi J Sorrells - Audiologist

Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas audiology license. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.