The Benefits of treating hearing Loss
Post on 2nd November 2021
Hearing loss affects people’s quality of life in so many ways and now research suggests it may also be linked to a decline in physical activity among older people.
Studies in the US also suggest that treating hearing loss may be a way to promote healthy ageing among older people. It’s certainly interesting research and worth noting ahead of Hearing Awareness Month in November.
In one study researchers from the National Institute on Aging and John Hopkins University noticed that people aged 60 to 69 with mild to severe hearing loss tended to exercise less than those with normal hearing. The greater the severity of hearing loss, the more likely the participant was sedentary for longer during the day.
As physical activity is essential for healthy ageing, it suggests that the more sedentary lives of those with hearing loss may put them at greater risk of health problems than those with normal hearing.
Associated research found that those with hearing loss had a faster rate of physical decline than normal hearing, while a third study found that people who wore hearing aids had better walking endurance than those who did not treat their hearing loss.
Research is continuing into whether physical function can be improved by treating hearing loss, but also cognition, social functioning, and quality of life.
At Scrivens we have certainly seen the difference treatment can make to those struggling with hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is common in older people yet relatively few are diagnosed and treated. Yet it is easy to seek help if you feel your hearing is not as sharp as it was and the benefits of treatment to your health are clear.
You can access NHS hearing tests and digital hearing aids on the high street with support, information and new technology available to make a difference.
For professional and friendly advice on hearing care, please call into your local Scrivens branch.