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As you’ve been getting older, you’ve probably been looking for ways to preserve your youthfulness.

Exercise, vitamins, and diet have all been part of your routine. You’ve spent more money than you’d like to admit on retinol creams and hair growth programs. You’ve even tried yoga. You can stay happy and youthful regardless of your age.

But the good news is, there’s an inexpensive way to keep that youthful happy feeling which has scientific support. Yet, among people who would benefit, less than 16% are taking advantage of it.

The “trick” is easy – they’re using their hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

As we age, this may be the trick to staying youthful and happy.

Is Hearing Loss Very Prevalent?

The possibility of experiencing hearing loss increases significantly by age 45. Even children as young as 12 are impacted.

A study showed that out of all people between 45 and 54, hearing loss is experienced by 11% of them. It goes up to 90% by age 80. Of those between the ages of 65 and 74, nearly 25 % cope with disabling hearing loss and that number increases to 50% by age 80.

Moreover, hearing loss is twice as common among men younger than 70 compared to women in the same age group.

While you most likely correlate hearing loss with aging, most hearing loss develops as a result of exposure to loud and harmful sounds. Over the course of their lives, some individuals are exposed to more damaging sound than others.

Hearing loss isn’t an inevitability, but not treating your hearing loss has been demonstrated by repeated studies, to impact your general happiness, health, and youthfulness.

Yet only 1 out of 7 individuals who should be using hearing aids have them.

Your Hearing Aid is The Secret to Happiness And Youthfulness

The following outcomes have been directly linked to using hearing aids:

  • Being 20% more likely to engage in social activities

You’ll concur, being with other people is one of the things that make life rewarding. You feel happier and younger when you spend treasured time with those you love doing the activities you enjoy.

Those with hearing loss who wear their hearing aids are more likely to remain active and social.

  • Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression

Feelings which are related to depression-like sadness and loneliness, according to some studies, are less likely to be reported when someone who has hearing loss routinely uses their hearing aid.

Feeling as if people are attempting to avoid them or are mad at them is also not as likely. It’s not as common for them to practice self isolation.

Increased happiness is the outcome of less depression.

  • Less likelihood of suffering from mental decline

If you have somebody in your family that has dementia you know all too well how scary that can be. It takes longer for a person with cognitive decline to process things and they are frequently forgetting what they said and did which makes them feel older.

As cognitive decline progresses, the individuals who are dealing with it are no longer capable of doing the things that make them feel youthful and happy.

If the straightforward act of using your hearing aid can reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, shouldn’t you be using it?

  • Minimizing your chance of falling by 30%

The risk of falling and sustaining a severe injury becomes a serious concern as we get older. When we were younger, we were definitely more stable. A nasty fall could cause a severe fracture that results in a hospital stay and several weeks of rehab.

That’s not a place you want to be. It’s not fun to be hospitalized in pain.

You’re happier when you’re capable of getting around easily. You’re not as likely to be startled because you’re more confident with your movements.

Using your hearing aid will allow you to spend more time with friends and family and less time cooped up in a hospital bed.

  • Having 30% fewer arguments and misunderstandings

How many times have you been involved in a misunderstanding because you didn’t hear what someone actually said. Or maybe you think someone is yelling at you because they need to raise their voice so you can hear them.

Neglected hearing loss puts a huge strain on your relationships with family and friends. It can lead to resentment, anger, sadness, and other unfavorable emotions. But wearing your hearing aid helps you hear better, which will produce more positive interactions with your family and friends. Whatever age you may be, this will help you stay happy and youthful.

Recover what you’ve lost

Have you been wearing your hearing aid? You might have forgotten some of the basic joys in life that you’re missing, like the following:

  • Children’s laughter
  • Music
  • Nature sounds outdoors
  • Social clubs and outings
  • Discussions with family and friends without needing them to speak louder

If you have hearing loss, you might still hear these things to some extent but they are probably not as enjoyable.

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