3 Ways Hearing Aids Improve Mental Health

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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.

 

 

16 Comments

  • Bob Brister says:

    Hearing aids should be included a single payer health insurance system.

    • YES! I agree. I told my union and the school district finally agreed to include hearing aids in the insurance coverage.

    • Nicole D says:

      I so agree with you- I have worn hearing aids all my life- went to college- have Bachelor’s Degree and now an Accountant. If my parents could not have afforded my aide ($1,500 at least a piece) I wouldnt be able to live the life I live!!!

  • Lyn Gidding-Theobald says:

    I have hearing loss and tinnitus in my left ear. I’ve been to a specialist at Kaiser and had an audiology test showing about a 50% hearing loss. Do I have to purchase 2 hearing aids when my right ear hearing is good?

    • Rosemary says:

      I’ve worn hearing aids since I was 35 years old. I think that there are many younger people with hearing loss. The early you diagnosis it the easier it is to become accustomed to wearing them.

    • B Matesick says:

      No, you can purchase just one aid to correct the loss in your left ear. You may also find that the aid helps to improve the tinnitus also. Be sure to keep going back until the aid is adjusted correctly and you are comfortable with it. Best wishes!

    • I am a hearing aid user, with very little hearing in my left ear. The doctor aid not to bother wearing a hearing aid in my left ear as it would only produce static. But my Audiologist has me wearing hearing aids in both ears. The left one does not produce only static, rather it helps to amplify what my right ear hears. It also stops the tinnitus. It also helps me to feel better balanced since the amplification makes it seem as though I am hearing with both ears. It takes time to adjust to hearing with hearing aids, and you will need several adjustments before you know what suits you the best. Only you will determine this, but it is good to experiment with different adjustments so you can tell what doesn’t work. My Audiologist had me keep a journal for the 1st 6 months and that helped her to know what adjustments I needed. After you get your hearing aids, its really helpful to share your experiences with another person who also wears them…as only persons with this experience will understand what you are talking about when you share or have questions on how they managed. Good luck!!!

    • No, you do not have to purchase. I have been diagnosed with lose in my right ear years ago. I wear only one and works just fine.

  • ML Wells says:

    Um, I’ve known people with only one hearing aid. Not sure why someone would think one must have two hearing aids when only one is needed.

  • Janice says:

    I have the exact same thing and purchased only one hearing aid. Best thing I ever did! It not only helps with the hearing, but the tinnitus as well.

  • Laharp says:

    This study needs to get out to the medical insurance providers ASAP! Seriously folks, this should be covered by your medical insurance providers.

    • You are so right. Hearing and aids are like seeing and glasses. Not being able to hear what is said or being done is dangerous. Warnings, teacher instructions ( some children fail due to hearing lose undetected), conversations you are afraid to join in due to misunderstanding, the list goes on…

  • Pamela K. Gifford says:

    I’ve had a hearing exam, have my new prescription and recommendation for Opticon hearing aids. How can TruHearing help me get my prescription filled at less cost than I would get at the doctor’s office?

  • I would like to know, also. Thanks

  • B says:

    My dad has hearing loss from working in a machine shop for over 40 yrs but is stubborn in getting a hearing aid. Even though my sister has worn them for most of her life. I think it is try about the mental health state if wearing one. I think he would be happier if he could hear better. I know me and my mother would. A lot less yelling in the house. Haha. On top of that we wouldn’t have to keep repeating ourselves over and over. Any ideas on how to get him to comply with getting hearing aids?

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