Regular and consistent use of hearing aids could very well save your life.

Can Hearing Aids Help You Live Longer?

by | May 24, 2024 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

Some concerning (but intriguing!) studies have come out in recent years that connect your hearing to other aspects of your health, like your cognition, balance, and lifestyle. If you’ve read some of those statistics recently, maybe you’re wondering if you should get your hearing tested.

Our answer? Yes!

Some of the recent studies are a little alarming, but they’re true: untreated hearing loss can lead to some unfortunate effects down the line, including cognitive decline, social isolation, balance disorders, and more.

Thankfully, the solution is remarkably simple – professional hearing care, including hearing aids, can help your memory improve, keep you steady on your feet and, according to a study that was published this past January, even help you live longer.

This study, led by Dr. Janet Choi from Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California, sought to understand how regular use of hearing aids helped almost 10,000 participants that had some form of hearing loss challenge.

Dr. Choi’s findings showed that of her two groups of participants, the group that used hearing aids consistently had a 24% lower risk of premature mortality than the group that didn’t wear hearing aids at all.

Regular and consistent use of hearing aids could very well save your life.

How Can Hearing Aids Increase My Life Expectancy?

Dr. Choi emphasizes that hearing aids aren’t the one solution to a longer life, but if you struggle with hearing loss challenges, seeking treatment and wearing hearing aids on a regular basis could help you avoid deadly consequences.

We’ve seen it for ourselves how hearing care helps people regain confidence in themselves, become independent in their lives, and stay connected with their loved ones – but Dr. Choi found that outside of her study, just 12% of her participants actually wore their hearing aids routinely.

Hearing loss is like a dripping faucet: it gradually gets worse as time passes, and until you fix that leak—or, in our case, seek out professional hearing care—it will continue to drip, drip, drip…

Of course, we understand why people neglect to address their hearing loss challenge. Hearing care has long been associated with negative connotations about getting older, and people shy away from potentially needing hearing aids as a result.

However, Dr. Choi—who wears a hearing aid herself—is hopeful that her study will motivate more people to seek out hearing care and address their hearing loss.

In an interview with TIME, Dr. Choi said, “I really want to encourage any people experiencing hearing difficulties to seek care. I’ve tried at least three different hearing aids. But when I found the one that really fit me and that I liked, I was surprised by the sound that I was missing.”

How Audicles Can Help You Regain Your Hearing Health

No matter what you need out of hearing care, if you’re searching for help for your hearing loss challenge, Audicles can provide it.

From comprehensive hearing assessments to prescription hearing aid technology, our passionate and professional team is ready and qualified to help you with every step along your hearing health journey.

Curious about what we can do, or have some concerns about your unique situation? Please feel free to request a callback – a member of our team will get in touch with more information.

Alternatively, you can call our office at 210-820-0525 for a more immediate chat.

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.