You may have come across some of the studies that have recently emerged that show there is a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Before these alarming statistics cause you to panic, know that our team at Sound Audiology is here to help preserve your hearing for years to come. 

Most people will see their dentist, eye doctor, and primary care provider for regular checkups. But for some reason, many individuals neglect having their hearing tested. Regular hearing tests play an important role in overall health. 

Especially given that we found a new study with a promising conclusion – hearing aids may increase your lifespan if used correctly. This new study was conducted by Dr. Janet Choi from the University of Southern California. It involved almost 1,900 participants who were shown to have hearing loss challenges. Dr. Choi discovered that the patients who used hearing aids regularly had a 24% lower risk of mortality compared to the group that didn’t use hearing aids at all. 

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to several health issues, including increased risk of cognitive decline, social isolation, balance issues, and falls. With the help of professional hearing care and assistive technology, you may be able to avoid some of these risks.

Many people neglect wearing their hearing aids regularly and never adapt to using them daily. The issue is that hearing loss happens gradually – you may not notice it until symptoms become more severe. 


  • Lower risk of mortality compared to the group that didn’t use hearing aids at all 24% 24%

Hearing Aids and Life Expectancy 

Choi’s study emphasizes that hearing aids are not the only solution to living a longer life, but that people with hearing loss challenges who wear their hearing aids regularly have a lowered risk of mortality. 

Choi’s study also found that only a staggering 12% of the participants wore their hearing aids regularly outside of the study. 
  • Participants wore their hearing aids regularly outside of the study. 12% 12%
Professional hearing tests, regular hearing aid wearing, and routine ear cleanings can all help your hearing health, mental health, and overall health. 

On average, people will wait seven years before seeking professional treatment for hearing loss. No one looks forward to the day that they need to wear hearing aids, but the good news is that hearing aid technology has come a long way! Hearing aids no longer need to be clunky and obvious. Nowadays, some hearing aids are totally invisible to the naked eye! 

If you’re finding yourself missing words in conversations, parts of songs or TV shows, or even necessary noises in the height of rush hour traffic, then I encourage you to get your hearing tested. Left untreated, hearing loss can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. 

How Can Professional Hearing Care Help You? 

Professional hearing care and hearing aids will dramatically improve your day-to-day life in many ways besides just helping you hear better. 

Sound Audiology’s comprehensive hearing assessments investigate possible causes for hearing loss symptoms, like family history, genetics, infection, noise-related accidents, and even earwax buildup. After an in-depth hearing assessment to understand your current range of hearing, our team will help you determine which treatment plan would be best for you and your unique situation. 

Hearing the world around you can keep you safe, especially if you commute to and from work each workday. But apart from safety reasons, the improvements to one’s social life are also apparent when you’re able to hear better. 

Being involved in conversations with loved ones, hearing others chatting in busy environments like restaurants, and listening to music while cooking or doing household chores can boost your mental health and overall happiness, too! 

Hearing loss affects almost 38 million people across America – but only one in three have invested in professional hearing care. Professional hearing care, alongside hearing aids, can make a huge difference to your life and longevity when taken seriously. 

Hearing Care in Tri-Cities and Walla Walla 

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, please don’t delay seeking treatment.

Professional hearing care is a worthwhile and often life-changing investment in your overall health.

You can schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment with us today – or you can always request a callback to find out which form of care would be best for you. 

You can also reach our team by calling our:

Richland office at (509) 572-2444
Walla Walla office at (509) 876-0555
Pasco office at (509) 492-4951

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

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