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You’ve been seeking a way to retain your youthfulness as you get older.

You’ve tried to find it in your diet, supplements, exercise. You’ve already spent too much on keeping your hair and keeping wrinkles at bay. You even joined a Yoga class. You can stay happy and youthful regardless of your age.

But fortunately, there’s an affordable way to keep that youthful happy feeling which has scientific backing. Yet, among people who would benefit, less than 16% are taking advantage of it.

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

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

Is Hearing Loss Very Prevalent?

By the time you reach the age of 45, your chance of developing hearing loss goes up dramatically. Even children as young as 12 are affected.

According to a scientific study, 11% of people between the ages of 45 and 54 were experiencing some degree of hearing loss. It goes up to 90% by age 80. Almost 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of individuals 75 and over, are dealing with disabling hearing loss.

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

While you probably relate hearing loss with growing old, most hearing loss develops because of exposure to loud and harmful noise. Some individuals are exposed to more harmful sounds than others during the course of their lives.

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

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

Your Key to Happiness And Youthfulness is Your Hearing Aid

Wearing your hearing aid has been directly linked to the following results:

  • participating in social interaction 20% more often

You’ll agree, being around others is one of the things that make life rewarding. When you spend time doing things you enjoy, with people you love, you feel happier and younger.

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

  • Being 30% less likely to have problems with depression

Feelings which are related to depression such as sadness and loneliness, according to some studies, are not so likely to be reported when someone with hearing loss routinely uses their hearing aid.

Feeling like people are trying to avoid them or are angry with them is also less likely. They’re not as likely to seclude themselves from others.

Less depression equals greater happiness.

  • Being 24% less likely to experience cognitive decline

If you have a person in your family that has dementia you know all too well how scary that can be. It takes longer for a person with cognitive decline to understand things and they are constantly forgetting what they said and did which makes them feel older.

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

If the simple act of wearing your hearing aid can decrease your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, shouldn’t you be wearing it?

  • Minimizing your chance of falling by 30%

The chances of falling and sustaining a severe injury becomes a serious concern as we get older. We’re not as steady as we once were. A hospital stay and several weeks of rehab may be the outcome if a serious fall results in a fracture.

That’s not a place you want to be. It’s not fun to be in the hospital in pain.

You’re happier when you’re capable of getting around easily. You’re not as likely to be startled because you’re more confident with your movements.

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

  • Having 30% fewer misunderstandings and arguments

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

A considerable strain on relationships can be the result of untreated hearing loss. It can create resentment, anger, sadness, and other unfavorable emotions. But using your hearing aid helps you hear better, which will create more positive interactions with your friends and family members. Helping you remain happy and youthful at any age.

Whatever you’ve lost, get it back

Have you been wearing your hearing aid? Some of the simple joys in life that you’ve been missing include:

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

You might believe you can still hear these things clearly, but if you are experiencing hearing loss, they most likely don’t sound as delightful as they once did.

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