(BPT) - Need a mood boost? Maybe it’s time to check your hearing.
Here’s why: Hearing loss is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults of all ages, especially in 18 to 69 year olds. But studies show treating hearing loss can boost quality of life.
People with hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to feel down, depressed or hopeless, research from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) shows — and they get more pleasure from doing things.
Luckily, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. And tremendous advances in technology — even in just the last couple of years — have made today’s hearing aids better than ever, motivating many to get a full hearing test from a hearing healthcare professional.
Sleek, cutting-edge, present-day hearing aids allow people to hear more clearly the richness of sounds and conversation from all directions while filtering out background noise. Many sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, out of sight. And many are wireless, so they can stream sound from smartphones, home entertainment systems, conference-room speakerphones, hearing loops and other electronics — directly into your hearings aid(s) at volumes just right for you. Some are waterproof, and others are rechargeable.
So if you’ve been fighting the doldrums, make sure it’s not unaddressed hearing loss that’s been weighing you down. Get a hearing test from a hearing healthcare professional. And be inspired by these five ways that treating hearing loss may help put some spring back in your step:
For more information on hearing loss, and to take a free, confidential, online hearing check to determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional, visit www.BetterHearing.org. Follow BHI on Twitter @better_hearing. Like BHI on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterhearinginstitute.
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