Even when it’s fairly minor, hearing loss can have a major impact on your life. There will be a dramatic change in the way you communicate with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. Everyday tasks like going to the grocery store can become more challenging. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be all doom and gloom. On the contrary, a well calibrated set of hearing aids can make a huge difference.
Hearing aids help you hear better, and that’s usually how most individuals think of them. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life enhanced? What further advantages will hearing aids create?
The top ten reasons to invest in hearing aids
We people just love producing top ten lists. When you woke up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? I mean, if you’ve known about your hearing loss for a while… perhaps you did!
So here are the top ten advantages of using hearing aids.
1. You will have improved relationships.
For any relationship to be strong, strong communication is crucial. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be challenging. But when you wear hearing aids, you’ll be able to hear the whole conversation without losing anything. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the entire story.
You won’t be resentful and feel left out of conversations. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The connection between hearing aids and relationships is a powerful one!
2. You’ll have more independence
Shopping at the grocery store or going to a restaurant when you have neglected hearing loss can feel like an ordeal. Trying to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be difficult when you can’t hear very well. But the entire process becomes easier when you use hearing aids. You’ll have a lot more independence when you navigate the world around you.
You’ll also be in a better position to drive safely. That’s because your general situational awareness will be increased by your hearing aids. When you hear more of the world, you’ll be able to do more on your own, and you’ll be able to do it without as much anxiety.
3. Better hearing may result in higher income
Let’s chuck out a hypothetical: if you’re missing large parts of what’s being discussed during meetings at work, your work performance will be affected negatively. This can lead to diminished job opportunities and being passed-up for promotions.
With your hearing aids securely in place and working correctly, you’ll be able to follow along with meetings, and you won’t be so tired all the time from struggling to hear. By doing this you can have an opportunity to boost your income by increasing your ability to focus on work.
4. You’ll have reduced tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is one of those things that the majority of individuals have experienced from time to time; it’s that buzzing or ringing in your ear. When you have hearing loss, tinnitus can usually be felt much more powerfully (tinnitus is sometimes louder with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there could also be other reasons as well).
Many people observe that their tinnitus symptoms decrease when they use a hearing aid. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid could be, in some situations, simply drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But we will take relief whenever we can, right?
5. Less chance of developing dementia
There is a solid link between mental decline and hearing impairment. For instance, neglected hearing loss can significantly elevate your risk of developing dementia. Treating hearing loss seems to be helpful, 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 may be giving your brain a better chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
It’s difficult to enjoy music, in its whole entirety, when you suffer from hearing loss. That’s because one frequency of sound typically goes before the others. Maybe you’re unable to hear low frequencies, for instance. Because of this, the song you used to enjoy might just sound… weird.
With your hearing aids, however, those missing gaps in the music will be filled in, and you can appreciate music again! You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of only one or the other (or a muffled mess). Hearing your favorite band again can be extremely enjoyable.
7. You’ll get a boost of confidence
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more successful interactions. And who doesn’t like confidence?
This is not to say that hearing impairment should take away your confidence. It’s just that, particularly if that hearing loss is recent, you might suddenly find it challenging to interact with others in the same ways you always have.
A hearing aid can make those interactions easier again. And that can result in improved confidence.
8. You’ll have more vigor
Your brain is most likely working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. The audio gaps that your hearing loss is creating will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t recognize that your ears aren’t functioning. That’s hard work. And so, your brain is under persistent strain.
Your brain gets to recharge and relax when you use a hearing aid. It won’t need to work so hard. With this, persistent exhaustion and weariness will be reduced. You’ll have more vitality to do the things you enjoy doing!
9. Being more conscious of your surroundings will keep you safer
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have fully adjusted. Usually, you would hear approaching traffic before you step out into the street. You’re used to hearing the ambulance siren before you check the rearview mirror.
You may assume certain situations are safe when, because you’re unaware of your hearing loss, or you’ve neglected it, they actually aren’t. That can put you in some really unsafe situations.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make wiser, less dangerous choices.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even more difficult than change is personal growth. You’re admitting that things aren’t functioning properly now when you invest in a hearing aid. But you’re bettering yourself too.
That’s a good thing! We should all strive for this type of thing, right? So when you pop in your hearing aids, you’re making yourself a positive example and role model. (It’s fine, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Schedule a hearing test right away
The biggest advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That goes without saying. But there are plenty of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is certainly not exhaustive.
Your top ten list may look a little different. Making an appointment with us for a hearing test is the first step no matter what benefits you look forward to.