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As you’ve been getting older, you’ve probably been trying to find ways to maintain your youthfulness.

You’ve tried to find it in your diet, supplements, exercise. You’ve already spent a lot on keeping your hair and keeping wrinkles in check. You even signed up for a Yoga class. It doesn’t matter what your age, you can stay youthful and happy.

But what if you found out that there’s a simple way to stay happy and feeling young that’s inexpensive and supported by science. Yet, less than 16% of people who would benefit are taking advantage of it.

The “trick” is simple – they’re wearing 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?

By the time you get to the age of 45, your risk of developing hearing loss goes up dramatically. It even affects children as young as 12.

A study showed that out of all individuals 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, almost 25 percent cope with debilitating hearing loss and that number goes up to 50% by age 80.

Also, men younger than 70 are twice as likely to have hearing loss than women in the same age group.

While you probably associate hearing loss with aging, most hearing loss occurs due to exposure to loud and harmful noise. Over the course of their lives, some people are exposed to more harmful noise than others.

Hearing loss isn’t an inevitability, but failing to treat your hearing loss has been demonstrated by consistent studies, to affect your general happiness, health, and youthfulness.

But hearing aids are used by just 1 out of 7 people who actually need them.

Your Secret to Youthfulness And Happiness is Your Hearing Aid

The following results have been directly related to using hearing aids:

  • Being 20% more likely to take part in social activities

One thing that makes life tremendous, you’ll agree, is being around other people. You feel younger and happier when you spend cherished time with people you love doing the activities you enjoy.

People are more likely to stay socially active when they use their hearing aid regularly..

  • Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression

Feelings which are connected to depression-like loneliness and sadness, according to some studies, are not as likely to be reported when someone who has hearing loss regularly uses their hearing aid.

Feeling like people are trying to avoid them or are mad at them is also less likely. They’re not as likely to isolate themselves from others.

Greater happiness is the outcome of less depression.

  • Being 24% less likely to suffer from cognitive decline

If you have a mom, dad, or aunt who is coping with dementia, you know how scary it is for the family and the individual in mental decline. Mental decline makes people feel older because they’re always forgetting, and it takes longer for them to process things.

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

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

  • Minimizing your risk of falling by 30%

As we age, the danger of falling and hurting ourselves becomes a bitter reality. When we were younger, we were definitely more balanced. A bad fall could cause a severe fracture that leads to a hospital stay and several weeks of rehab.

That isn’t where you want to spend your time. Being in pain in the hospital isn’t at all fun.

When you can get around without difficulty, you live a happier life. You’re more confident in your movements and less likely to be startled.

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

  • Having 30% fewer misunderstandings and arguments

How many times have you been involved in a misunderstanding because you failed to hear what someone actually said. Or, perhaps, a friend raises her voice so you can hear her more distinctly, but you think she’s yelling at you.

A massive strain on relationships can be the result of untreated hearing loss. Resentment, anger, sadness, and other unfavorable emotions are frequently the outcome. But wearing your hearing aid helps you hear better, which will produce more positive connections with your friends and family members. Whatever age you may be, this will help you remain youthful and happy.

Reclaim what you’ve lost

Have you been using your hearing aid? You may have forgotten many of the basic joys in life that you’re missing, including:

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

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

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