Hearing loss can seriously impact the way you live, even when it’s mild. The way you communicate with friends, coworkers, and loved ones can change dramatically. Daily tasks like going to the grocery store can become more difficult. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative impact on you. If you use a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a huge difference.
Most people normally think of those benefits in a very linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s true. But how do hearing aids better quality of life? What further benefits will hearing aids create?
The top ten reasons to get hearing aids
It’s sort of fascinating, isn’t it, how humans can so often put together top ten lists for everything? When you woke up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? I mean, if you’ve been aware of your hearing loss for a while… perhaps you did!
So, what are the top ten advantages associated with using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. You will have improved relationships.
For any relationship to be strong, strong communication is indispensable. But communication can be difficult when you have neglected hearing loss. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll be able to follow along with the conversation and get the whole story.
This also means you won’t feel left out of the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations carry on without you. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. There is a strong connection between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll have greater independence
Shopping at the supermarket or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with neglected hearing loss can feel like an ordeal. When you can’t hear very well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be tricky. But the overall process gets easier when you have hearing aids. You’ll have much more independence when you move around the world around you.
Driving will also be less hazardous. That’s because your overall situational awareness will be improved by your hearing aids. When you hear more of the world, you’ll be capable of doing more by yourself, and you’ll be able to do it with less anxiety.
3. Stronger hearing may result in higher pay
Think about this hypothetical scenario: if you’re losing large parts of what’s being discussed during meetings at work, your job performance will be affected negatively. This can result in lost promotions or even dicey job prospects.
When you’re wearing precisely calibrated hearing aids, you will be less fatigued from struggling to hear, and following along with those meetings will be a lot easier. By doing this you can have an opportunity to boost your income by improving your ability to focus on work.
4. You’ll have diminished tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that buzzing or ringing in the ear that the majority of us have experienced occasionally. Tinnitus symptoms will commonly be more intense and more often with hearing loss (tinnitus is sometimes more noticeable with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there may also be other reasons too).
With a hearing aid, many people observe that they experience reduced tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall outside sound provided by the hearing aid may be, in some cases, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But we will take relief where we can get it, right?
5. Less chance of developing dementia
There is a firm connection between mental decline and hearing impairment. For instance, neglected hearing loss can significantly raise your chance of developing dementia. There are many theories about why this may be, but the bottom line is that managing your hearing loss seems to be helpful! That’s why it’s essential to make sure you use your hearing aids. You could be helping the health of your brain!
6. Music can once again be appreciated
When you have hearing loss music is harder to hear clearly. That’s because hearing loss tends to effect one wavelength of sound first, then another. Maybe you can’t hear low frequencies, for instance. Because of this, the song you once enjoyed might just sound… strange.
With your hearing aids, though, those missing holes in the music will be filled in, and you can enjoy music again! You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of only one or the other (or a garbled mess). Hearing your favorite song again can be extremely enjoyable.
7. You’ll get an increase in confidence
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And who doesn’t want confidence?
We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t be confident simply because you have hearing loss. It’s just that, especially if that hearing loss is recent, you could suddenly find it challenging to interact with people in the same ways you always have.
A hearing aid can make those interactions easier again. And that can result in improved confidence.
8. Your vitality will be higher
If your hearing loss has been gradually progressing, your brain has most likely been working harder. The audio holes that your hearing loss is creating will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t understand that your ears aren’t working. That’s… a lot of work! And so, your brain is under continual strain.
Your brain gets to refresh and unwind when you wear a hearing aid. It will have less work to do. Which means you won’t feel so continually tired and depleted. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are inspiring for you with this enhanced energy.
9. Being more conscious of your surroundings will keep you safer
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have completely adapted. Normally, you would hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look up into your rearview mirror, you would usually hear the oncoming sirens.
If your hearing loss is new, or you aren’t conscious of it, you may presume that some situations are safe when they really aren’t. That can put you in some very dangerous situations.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make wiser, safer decisions.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be tough, and personal growth harder still. You’re admitting that things aren’t working effectively now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re also trying to better the situation.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the sort of thing we should all work for! 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.)
Have your hearing tested today
The main advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That one’s obvious. But there are plenty of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is only that, one little list of just ten of these advantages.
You might have a completely different top ten list. No matter what benefits you look forward to the most, the first step is scheduling an appointment with us to have your hearing tested.