With plenty of studies published linking hearing loss to other physical and mental concerns, it’s no surprise that people are starting to recognize the benefits of better hearing – and it’s wonderful to see hearing care becoming more regular in conversation! 

A study that was published earlier this year from Keck Medicine of USC, spearheaded by Dr. Janet Choi, suggests that regular use of hearing aids could lead to an improvement in your longevity – a 24% lower risk of premature mortality. 

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Choi’s study took almost ten thousand participants with hearing loss challenges and examined the effects on the body and brain between two focus groups: a group that wore hearing aids each day for a period of time versus a group that didn’t wear them at all. 

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline, frailty of the body and balance disorders, social isolation, and more. Hearing aids could save your life… as long as you wear them routinely. 

I was recently interviewed by the Falls Church News-Press about this amazing study and what it means for the hearing care industry; you can read more of my thoughts about the study here. 

While Dr. Choi’s study emphasizes that hearing aids are not the one solution to hearing loss and a longer life, she and I agree that they can make a significant improvement to your entire body’s well-being with the help of an audiologist’s professional, personalized care. 

Of course, nobody’s jumping at the chance to get their first hearing aids. Hearing assistive technology has long been associated with negative stigmas about aging and growing old; the image of hearing aids that your parents or grandparents wore way back when isn’t helping that stigma, either. 

However, that’s not the case anymore. I told FCNP this, and I’ll reiterate it here: Today’s hearing aid technology is much more efficient and more discreet than devices of the past.  

With advancements in technology improving how hearing aids process sound, combined with regular ear cleanings, annual hearing tests, and looking after your hearing aids, you’ll soon see noticeable improvements to your cognitive functions, balance, and your lifespan – all with regular use, that is. 

Concerned about Your Hearing? 

If you’ve read this far and you believe that hearing aids could help you with your hearing loss challenge, don’t delay – the results from the study speak for themselves. Hearing aids could be what you need to enjoy a healthier, longer life. 

Feel free to contact our team to learn more about what professional hearing care could do for you, or if you’d like to get a head start, schedule your first hearing test with us and we’ll help you take the next step on your hearing health journey. 

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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA Principal

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).