World Mental Health Day 10.10.14 and hearing

Firstly a big shout out to everyone, “Happy Mental Health Day Everyone!”

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Seldom do we think about our Mental Health but today is the day we are all encouraged to take sometime and review our own mental health. If you are concerned, check out an online mental health assessment by Psychology Today. It has 16 questions and takes 10 minutes.

So what’s that got to do with a website about hearing and hearing loss? There’s much more processing going on in your brain to help you hear better and so you need good mental health not just to think clearly but to hear better too. Here’s 5 reasons why our hearing is important to our Mental Health (summarized by BHI)

(1)    Ignoring hearing loss hurts quality of life.
Research shows that when left unaddressed, hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health issues that diminish quality of life. Depression, withdrawal from social situations, a lessened ability to cope, and reduced overall psychological health are just some of the conditions associated with unaddressed hearing loss.

(2)    Addressing hearing loss boosts mood.
People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed. But research shows that when they use hearing aids, their mental health often rallies. Many regain emotional stability, become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.

(3)    Using hearing aids can help bolster self-confidence.
Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical. One BHI study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing aids.

(4)    Good communication enriches relationships and social support.
Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication. In one BHI study, nearly 7 out of 10 participants reported improvements in their ability to communicate effectively in most situations because of their hearing aid use. More than half said using hearing aids improved their relationships at home, their social lives, and their ability to join in groups. Many even saw improvements in their romance.

(5)    Today’s hearing aids are better than ever and virtually invisible.
Dramatic new technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years. Many are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal. Some are even waterproof or rechargeable. Best of all, they’re wireless. That means they’re able to stream sound from smartphones, home entertainment systems, and other electronics directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for you. Simply, today’s hearing aids help people of all ages maintain active, healthy lifestyles.

Get your Hearing Tested, Protect your mental health.

Source: http://www.betterhearing.org/news/guard-your-happiness-treat-hearing-loss

Photo Credits: Mental Health New Zealand
Photo Credits: Mental Health New Zealand