Hearing loss can seriously impact how you live, even when it’s mild. The way you interact with friends, coworkers, and family members can change substantially. It can become challenging to accomplish daily tasks such as going shopping. But it doesn’t have to have this type of negative impact on you. Quite the opposite, a well calibrated set of hearing aids can make a huge difference.
Hearing aids improve your ability to hear, and that’s usually how most individuals think of them. And that’s not untrue. But how is the quality of life improved? What further advantages will hearing aids create?
The top ten reasons to invest in hearing aids
It’s kind of fascinating, isn’t it, how people can so frequently come up with top ten lists for everything? I bet you didn’t think you would be reading a top ten list about hearing aids when you woke up this morning. Well, maybe you did if you’ve been dealing with your hearing loss for a while.
So, what are the top ten advantages connected with using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will get better
Strong communication is critical to any good relationship. But when you have neglected hearing loss, communication can be challenging. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the full story, and you’ll be capable of keeping up with the conversation.
This also means you won’t feel excluded from the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations continue without you. So your general relationships, amongst your friends, co-workers, and loved ones, will improve. There is a strong link between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll be more independent
When you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss, activities such as shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. When you can’t hear all that well, communicating with cashiers and wait staff can be difficult. But with a set of hearing aids, the whole process quickly becomes a lot easier. You’ll have a lot more independence when you navigate the world around you.
Driving will also be less hazardous. That’s because your hearing aids will increase your overall situational awareness (more on that in a bit). You won’t be as anxious about doing things on your own when you can hear the world more clearly.
3. You could make more money
Let’s toss out a hypothetical: if you’re missing large parts of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your work performance will suffer. This can result in lost promotions or even dicey job opportunities.
When you’re wearing precisely tuned hearing aids, you will be less fatigued from struggling to hear, and keeping up with those meetings will be much easier. This can boost your focus on work and put you in a stronger position to increase your income.
4. You’ll have reduced tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that buzzing or ringing in the ear that the majority of us have experienced now and then. Tinnitus symptoms will frequently be more intense and more often with hearing loss (there are a number of reasons for this, sometimes the tinnitus is just relatively noisier because everything else is so quiet, for example).
With a hearing aid, many individuals observe that they experience decreased tinnitus symptoms. In these circumstances, that’s because the hearing aid is drowning out the sound of the tinnitus. But we will take relief where we can get it, right?
5. Less chance of developing dementia
There is a firm connection between cognitive decline and hearing impairment. For instance, untreated hearing loss can seriously raise your chance of developing dementia. Managing hearing loss seems to be helpful, even though there are many theories as to why. That’s why it isn’t a good idea to forget to put in your hearing aid. You could be helping your brain health!
6. Music can once again be appreciated
When you suffer from hearing loss music is more difficult to hear clearly. That’s because hearing loss tends to impact one frequency of sound first, then another. For example, you might be unable to pick up low frequencies. The music you used to like, consequently, might sound… different.
With your hearing aids, though, those missing gaps in the music will be filled in, and you can enjoy music again! You’ll hear all of the frequencies and your music won’t sound so garbled. It can be an amazing relief to hear your favorite tune again.
7. You’ll get an increase in confidence
Being able to hear better and interact more thoroughly will give you a boost of confidence. And confidence is a wonderful thing.
We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t have confidence simply because you have hearing loss. It’s just that, especially if that hearing loss is recent, you may suddenly find it difficult to interact with people in the same ways you usually do.
Those connections can become easier again when you use hearing aids. And that can result in a boost in confidence.
8. Your vitality will be increased
Your brain is probably working extra hard if your hearing loss is gradually advancing. That’s because your brain doesn’t realize your ears aren’t working correctly, so it’s constantly trying to fill in the audio gaps that your hearing loss has created. That’s hard work. And so, your brain is under continual strain.
Your brain gets to refresh and relax when you use a hearing aid. It will have less work to accomplish. Which means you won’t feel so continually tired and depleted. You’ll have more energy to do the things you love to do!
9. You’ll be safer and more aware of your environment
You may not have adapted to your hearing loss, particularly if it’s recent. You’re used to hearing oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would normally hear the oncoming sirens.
You may presume certain situations are safe when, because you’re unaware of your hearing loss, or you’ve ignored it, they really aren’t. That can put you in some really dangerous situations.
Hearing aids will help restore that lost awareness. Your decision making will be smarter and safer.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even harder than change is personal growth. You’re admitting that things aren’t working properly now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re bettering yourself as well.
That’s a good thing! We should all strive for this type of thing, right? So you’re becoming a role model and a positive example when you wear your hearing aids. (It’s fine, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Schedule a hearing assessment right away
The main benefit of hearing aids is that you get to enjoy hearing better. That goes without saying. But there are lots of advantages to using hearing aids. This top ten list is only that, one little list of only ten of these advantages.
You might have an entirely different top ten list. Scheduling an appointment with us for a hearing test is the first step no matter what advantages you look forward to.