Did you know that hearing better can help you age better?

We all want to stay healthy and happy as we age. Exercising and eating right are two obvious things we can do to help. But did you know hearing our best has a big impact, too? September is Healthy Aging Month. Here are four ways hearing your best can help you age your best.

1. Hearing your best helps keep you social

When we hear clearly and without limitations, it’s easier to be engaged, maintain connections, feel a part of conversations, and stay socially active. 

People who struggle hearing, on the other hand, often decide it’s easier to avoid social situations. They may turn down invitations, limit interactions, and can become socially withdrawn.

Especially now, during this pandemic, staying connected and engaged is critical to our well-being.

Did you know?
Research shows that people who enjoy social relationships are more likely to live longer than those who are isolated and lonely.1

2. Hearing your best helps keep you alert and in control

Our sense of hearing plays a huge role in how confident we are and how safe we feel when we’re out and about. When we hear clearly, our spatial awareness opens up and we’re able to distinguish and react to audible cues that warn us of safety issues.

People who can’t hear like they once could are more likely to miss warning cues, feel less confident in surroundings outside their home, and are more at risk of accidents and injuries.

Did you know?
Individuals with good hearing are 2X less likely to experience accidental injuries2 and 3X less likely to have a history of falling than those with hearing loss.3

3. Hearing your best can help keep you mentally sharp

Numerous studies have linked hearing loss to dementia4, a mental health challenge the World Health Organization predicts will triple by 2050.5

Experts attribute the connection to the fact that hearing loss leads to social isolation (a known risk factor for dementia), that it accelerates brain shrinkage, and that it forces the brain to “steal” energy needed for memory and thinking.

Did you know?
An international commission on dementia prevention recently confirmed that treating hearing loss in midlife is the largest modifiable risk factor for the prevention of dementia.6

4. Hearing your best brings you joy

More than anything else, hearing our best helps keep us positive and vibrant. Whether it’s listening to the laughter of friends, the sound of a symphony, a child’s first words, ocean waves lapping, or a bird singing outside the window, hearing keeps us engaged, optimistic, and connected to the world around us.

Did you know?
According to the AARP, optimism and a positive outlook adds 7.5 years to our life and an 80 percent reduction in cardiovascular risk.7

Ready to start hearing and aging your best? Call 0800 042 0000 or click here and we’ll help you schedule a consultation with a hearing healthcare professional in your area.

Sources:
Disrupt Aging, AARP.org

 

 

By Starkey Hearing Technologies blog

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