Over 48 million Americans have hearing loss, but most people wait 7 years before seeking treatment! So it’s likely that you know someone—like a parent or grandparent—who may suffer from hearing loss. You may even have noticed the effect hearing loss can have on the health and relationships of people you love. Since May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, our partners from TruHearing want to share the positive ways hearing aids can address the mental health effects of hearing loss.
1) Hearing Aids May Lower Your Risk of Mental Decline
In a 25-year study, scientists measured mental decline in people with and without hearing loss. The study found that people who had hearing loss—but didn’t wear hearing aids—showed more mental decline. But those that wore hearing aids performed the same as people without any hearing loss!
2) Hearing Aids Can Improve Brain Performance
A recent study from Texas A&M University tested people with hearing loss to measure their memory, ability to focus, and their mental sharpness. Then they gave the participants hearing aids. After only six weeks of wearing hearing aids, they saw improvements in all areas of cognitive function. They had improved memory, better focus, and could understand information faster.
3) Hearing Aids Lower Risk of Depression
The National Council on Aging surveyed over 4,000 people with hearing loss. They found that people with hearing aids reported lower levels of depression. The study also found that people who wore hearing aids felt they had more control over their lives and had a more positive outlook on life.
Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time to think about treating hearing loss for yourself or for encouraging someone you love to address it. With that in mind, we want to remind you that, as a VSP member, you have access to TruHearing. Through the TruHearing program, you and your family members can save up to 60% on a wide variety of the latest brand-name hearing aids—even if your family members are not dependents or covered on your vision plan. To get started, you or your family member can call TruHearing at 1-844-319-6825
This is a guest post from our partners at TruHearing.