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Let Healthy Aging Month Be Your Wake-up Call to Check Your Hearing

Have you heard about the new Lancet report presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC 2017)?

It recommends that people be ambitious about prevention. And it lists hearing loss as one of nine potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia—with an emphasis on managing hearing loss in midlife. That means: Don’t wait until you’re older.

Potentially reducing your risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, is serious. Very serious.

But it isn’t the only reason to treat hearing loss. We already know—from years of research by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI)—that addressing hearing loss has a very positive impact on quality of life.

In fact, addressing hearing loss may be one of the best things you can do to stay vibrant and maintain an active lifestyle as you evolve into your older, and arguably better, self.

Need some convincing? Consider how addressing hearing loss could benefit you:

  1. Your can-do attitude may shine through. BHI research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic.
  2. You may experience a rush of confidence. Many people with hearing loss say they feel more confident and better about themselves due to using hearing aids.
  3. You may find yourself really loving life. People with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids are more likely to get pleasure in doing things and are more likely to feel engaged in life, BHI research shows. In fact, most people who currently wear hearing aids say it has helped their overall quality of life. In fact, people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to feel down, depressed, or hopeless, according to BHI research findings.
  4. Your social life and relationships may feel the perks. Most people with hearing loss who use hearing aids say it has a positive effect on their relationships and ability to participate in group activities. They’re also more likely to meet up with friends to socialize and have a strong social network.
  5. You may hear yourself shouting, “I’m ready!” when life’s next challenge comes your way. People with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to tackle problems actively, research shows. And most hearing aid users in the workforce say it has helped their performance on the job.