I’d say you can almost hear it coming… creeping up behind you, ready to strike. Except, in this case, it’s just the opposite. You won’t hear a thing.
And that, my friend, is a glaring red flag. Because the latest research reveals that hearing loss could be your first warning sign of something far worse.
In fact, in many ways, it could be the beginning of the end of life as you know it. And not just because you have to make folks repeat themselves sometimes, either.
I’m talking about a PHYSICAL decline that could impact every aspect of your life.
But if you learn to spot the warning signs of hearing loss NOW and act early, you could stop that slide. And you can preserve the things that matter the most to you.
You may not even need a hearing aid.
The message your hearing loss is sending
New research confirms what we’ve already seen in other studies. Hearing loss often leads to far bigger problems in the near future.
In this case, the study finds a much quicker decline in overall physical function once the hearing loss sets in.
Seniors in the new study were given a test called the short physical performance battery. The test measures key details such as walking speed and gait that are closely related to all-around physical function.
The folks with hearing loss did worse on those tests from the start. But they also declined more rapidly when tested again over the following years.
The more severe the hearing loss, the bigger the problems were with…
- walking endurance
- overall physical function
But, of course, there’s more on the line than just the physical decline. Past studies have found that hearing loss can also fast forward cognitive decline and dementia. There’s even some research that found poor hearing can trigger mood disorders, too.
Boost your hearing to slash your risks
Fortunately, there IS a way to turn it all back around. Invest in a hearing aid.
In 2019, researchers found these little unobtrusive gadgets can cut…
- dementia risk by 18 percent
- depression by 11 percent
- injuries from falls by 13 percent
In other words, a hearing aid could help prevent the damage hearing loss causes in three key areas: cognition, mood, and physical function. Plus, they’re cheaper than ever, not to mention far smaller and less noticeable than they used to be.
But as I mentioned earlier, you might not even need a hearing aid. There are some other factors that could be contributing to your hearing loss that are easy to correct.
First, get your doctor to check for wax buildup. You’d be amazed at how often removing excess wax can restore hearing. Just don’t try this yourself with a Q-tip. This is a job best left to the professionals.
Second, make sure you’re getting enough of the B vitamin folate (or folic acid). A 2018 study out of the Netherlands found the 800 mcg of folic acid daily for three years led to less hearing loss in older folks. While other research found that older guys who were getting enough of this vital nutrient had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss.
And third, make sure you’re eating a whole-foods based natural diet. A Mediterranean-style diet, for example, isn’t just great for your heart. Studies show it could cut your risk of hearing loss by nearly a third.
Learn about that… and other food-based ways to protect your hearing… in this free special report.