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

You’ve looked for it in your diet, supplements, exercise. You’ve spent more money than you’d like to admit on wrinkle creams and hair growth programs. You’ve even tried out yoga. You can stay happy and youthful regardless of your age.

But what if we told you there’s an easy method to remain happy and feeling young that’s inexpensive and backed by science. Yet, fewer than 16% of people who would benefit are taking advantage of it.

The “trick” is simple – they’re using their hearing aids to deal with their hearing loss.

This trick may be the key to feeling happy and youthful as we age.

Is Hearing Loss Very Common?

By the time you reach the age of 45, your risk of developing hearing loss increases substantially. Even children as young as 12 are affected.

A study showed that out of all individuals between 45 and 54, hearing loss is experienced by 11% of them. By age 80 that percentage increases to 90%. Nearly 25% of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of people 75 and older, are dealing with disabling hearing loss.

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

While you most likely associate hearing loss with aging, most hearing loss develops as a result of exposure to loud and harmful noise. Over the course of their lives, some people are exposed to more harmful sound than others.

Hearing loss isn’t an inevitability, but not treating your hearing loss has been shown by consistent studies, to impact your overall happiness, health, and youthfulness.

But hearing aids are worn by just 1 out of 7 individuals who actually need them.

Your Key to Happiness And Youthfulness is Your Hearing Aid

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

  • participating in social situations 20% more often

You’ll concur, being around other people is one of the things that make life worthwhile. When you spend time taking part in things you like to do, with people you love, you feel younger and happier.

People with hearing loss who use their hearing aids are more likely to stay active and social.

  • Having a 30% less-likelihood of depression

Studies have revealed that individuals who have hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to report feelings of sadness and loneliness, which is connected with depression.

Feeling like people are attempting to avoid them or are mad at them is also not as likely. It’s not as common for them to practice self isolation.

Increased happiness is the result of less depression.

  • Being 24% less likely to experience mental decline

If you have a mom, dad, or aunt with dementia, you know how frightening it is for the family and the person in cognitive decline. It takes longer for a person with cognitive decline to understand things and they are frequently forgetting what they said and did which makes them feel older.

As the decline continues, they lose many of the things that make them happy and youthful because they become unable to do them.

If your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s can be decreased by simply wearing hearing aids, shouldn’t you be doing that.

  • Reducing your risk of falling by 30%

As we get older, the chances of falling and injuring ourselves becomes a real possibility. When we were younger, we were much more stable. A bad fall could cause a serious fracture that results in a hospital stay and a few weeks of rehab.

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

When you can get around with ease, you live a happier life. You’re more confident in your movements and less likely to be startled.

Hearing aids will make a hospital stay less likely and will let you spend more time with family and friends.

  • Having 30% fewer misunderstandings and arguments

How many arguments begin because you thought you heard somebody say something negative, but in reality, the person said something else? Or, maybe, a friend raises her voice so you can hear her more clearly, but you think she’s yelling at you.

A huge strain on relationships can be the outcome of untreated hearing loss. It can result in anger, resentment, sadness, and other unfavorable emotions. But using your hearing aid helps you hear better, which will lead to more positive connections with your family and friends. Whatever age you may be, this will help you remain youthful and happy.

Whatever you’ve lost, reclaim it

Have you been using your hearing aid? Some of the basic joys in life which you’ve been missing include:

  • Outings and social clubs
  • The sounds of nature at your local park
  • Children’s laughter
  • Discussions with friends and family without needing them to speak up
  • Music

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

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