Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Could a hearing aid save your life?

Older adults with hearing loss can be up to twice as likely to die as those with normal hearing according to a recent, independent study.[1] On the other hand, correcting hearing loss by fitting a hearing aid can reduce this risk.

Social isolation is a known consequence of uncorrected hearing loss. People experiencing loneliness often suffer more pain, depression and fatigue than socially connected adults, and this may be associated with changes to the immune system that might make people ill.[2]
Getting a hearing test and wearing a hearing aid could make a big difference to your health.

[1] Fisher et al. Impairments in hearing and vision impact on mortality in older people: the AGES-Reykjavik Study.
Age Ageing. 2013 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print]
[2] Jaremka et al. Pain, Depression, and Fatigue: Loneliness as a Longitudinal Risk Factor. Health Psychol. 2013 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]