Feeling more youthful can be accomplished in a wide variety of ways. However, one approach to staying young that isn’t usually talked about is to protect your hearing.
For years, enhancing and extending your life has been linked to a good diet and exercise. It also helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and improves weight control. But remaining healthy and youthful also depends on good hearing.
The benefits you’re not considering about hearing maintenance
Take a look at all of the ways that healthy hearing increases confidence, gives you a better sex life, and helps you remain young.
1. More fruitful interactions
Those who have hearing loss often become alienated from society. They separate themselves from others because of their impairment. If you’re having a hard time hearing, how can you hear what your pickleball partner is saying? You might not even detect the problem until you’re already isolated from friends and family members. A boost in confidence will also result from better hearing.
2. Enhanced ability to learn
Many individuals go back to school to activate their minds. If you’re in school, you will learn more and will have more fun if you can hear well. You won’t need to sit up front and constantly ask your teacher to repeat themselves. You’ll understand directions more readily and have better social interaction with other students.
3. Better sex
Seniors who have no loss of hearing or wear hearing aids have a more fulfilling social life. More independence and better general health are the results. And, surprisingly, you will also have a far better sex life.
4. Improved blood flow
Improved hearing is one of many reasons why exercise is beneficial. Increased blood flow helps feed the ears with nutrients that protect your hearing.
5. Reduced risk of falling
Hearing loss also decreases spatial awareness and potentially leads to worse balance. Seniors who have lost only 25 decibels are 3X more likely to have a fall than those with normal hearing.
6. Increased reaction time
Our senses activate our instincts including reaction time to alerts or danger. With better hearing, you’ll respond to fire alarms, sirens, and other alerts more rapidly resulting in better safety for yourself and those around you.
7. Fewer hospital stays
Loss of hearing increases a senior’s risk of accidents, falls, and depression not to mention inactivity. Depression and accidents are frequently reasons that seniors end up in the hospital and they can contribute to other reasons for hospitalization.
8. Increased confidence
Difficulty communicating leads to insecurity and lack of confidence. This lack of confidence may bring about a reluctance to go to gatherings, parties, meetings, and events. This behavior further isolates the person which causes a continuing cycle.
9. Better job satisfaction
It makes sense that someone who doesn’t have hearing loss does better at work. Things like safety measures, instructions, and important information can get lost. Not to mention the trouble you had when attempting to understand and keep up with your teammates during your last Zoom meeting. Participation is key to good job performance and evaluations.
10. Decreased risk of cognitive decline
Because of a loss of social interaction and overall stimulation, hearing loss has been linked to dementia. Dementia is induced in part by shrinkage of the brain which takes place as people get older. An increased chance of cognitive decline comes from increased shrinkage of the brain.
Enjoy a better quality of life
Interacting and communicating with your loved ones will facilitate self-confidence, leading to your ability to go out there and enjoy the things you enjoy doing. It’s best to deal with your hearing loss and protect your ears if you want to remain youthful. Give us a call, we can help!