There are many benefits to using hearing aids: they improve the quality of communication with loved ones and improve confidence and poise in busy environments. But did you know hearing aids may also help keep you safe and secure in your own home? In a recent worldwide study by EuroTrak, hearing aids contributed to an improved sense of safety in over half of the respondents. So let's look at how hearing aids can contribute to your safety.
Believe it or not, scientists have suggested that aids can actually improve your balance. According to a study by the Washington University School of Medicine, sound is very important in helping us maintain postural stability. The tests involved hearing-impaired participants being tested for balance.
The tests were performed twice: once without their hearing aids and once with them being turned on. The results showed that stability improved in the second time the tests were made, when the participants had their hearing aids on.
This is important especially for older generations, for whom balance is more important for good overall health. We know that falling is a lot more dangerous for senior citizens than it is for the young. This is especially apparent in the home, where a fall can leave the victim immobilized and unable to seek help from loved ones. For those who have mild hearing loss, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with normal hearing ability.
For those who live alone, having a hearing aid becomes more important for detecting sounds at night. Being able to distinguish the normal sounds of your home and the footsteps of a burglar are imperative to your safety. Even though this is an extremely rare occurrence, being able to hear all the sounds in your home offers invaluable peace of mind and will definitely make you feel more secure in your own home.
Hearing aids will improve your ability to hear fire and smoke alarms. The extra few seconds gained from this can mean the difference between life and death. Most smoke detectors have a high frequency sound, but a study in the February edition of Ear and Hearing saw that they weren’t always able to be heard by those with hearing loss while they were asleep. So the only way to make sure sufferers are able to hear the alarm is by wearing a hearing aid in bed .
For people with hearing loss who spend a lot of time at home, hearing aids can do a lot to improve your day-to-day life. Do you often have friends over for lunch? Never miss the doorbell ringing ever again. Amateur chefs will appreciate hearing the egg timer ring or the soft ding when the oven has successfully preheated.