Hearing loss can seriously effect the way 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 perform daily tasks like going shopping. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative impact on you. If you use a well calibrated hearing aid, it can make a big difference.
Most people tend to think of those advantages in a very linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life enhanced? What further benefits will hearing aids create?
The top ten reasons to get hearing aids
We humans just love making top ten lists. When you woke up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? 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
For any relationship to be strong, good communication is crucial. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be challenging. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the whole conversation without losing anything. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the whole 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 go on without you. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. 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 have untreated hearing loss can be an ordeal. When you can’t hear very well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be tricky. But with a pair of hearing aids, the entire process quickly becomes much easier. You can navigate a lot more independently.
Driving will also be less hazardous. That’s because your hearing aids will improve your overall situational awareness (more on that later). When you hear more of the world, you’ll be capable of doing more on your own, and you’ll be able to do it without as much anxiety.
3. Better hearing may result in higher income
Think about this hypothetical scenario: if you’re missing large portions of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your job performance will be affected negatively. This can lead to decreased job prospects and being passed-up for promotions.
With your hearing aids firmly in place and working properly, you’ll be able to follow along with meetings, and you won’t be as tired all the time from struggling to hear. This can boost your focus on work and put you in a stronger position to grow your income.
4. You’ll have diminished tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is one of those things that most people 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 intensely (tinnitus is sometimes louder with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there could also be other reasons as well).
With a hearing aid, many people observe that they experience decreased tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall outside sound supplied by the hearing aid may be, in some situations, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But we will take relief whenever we can, right?
5. Lower chance of mental decline
Hearing impairment and cognitive issues are firmly connected. For instance, neglected hearing loss can significantly elevate your chance of developing dementia. Managing hearing loss seems to be helpful, though there are numerous theories as to why. That’s why it’s important to be certain you use your hearing aids. You may be giving your brain a better chance of staying healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be appreciated
It’s difficult to appreciate music, in its whole entirety, when you suffer from hearing impairment. That’s because one frequency of sound usually goes before the others. Maybe you’re unable to hear low frequencies, for instance. The music you used to like, as a result, may sound… different.
You will be able to appreciate music again with your hearing aids filling in the missing sound. You’ll hear all of the frequencies and your music won’t sound so muffled. Hearing your favorite song again can be incredibly enjoyable.
7. You’ll get a boost of confidence
Your confidence will be boosted when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And who doesn’t like confidence?
This isn’t to say that hearing impairment should rob you of your confidence. We’re just saying that you may find yourself having a hard time interacting with others, especially if your hearing loss is new.
Those connections can become easier again with hearing aids. And when that happens, confidence will grow.
8. Your energy will be increased
Your brain is most likely working overtime if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. The audio gaps that your hearing loss is producing will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t know that your ears aren’t working. That’s… a lot of work! And so, your brain is under persistent strain.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to relax and refresh. It won’t need to work as hard. With this, continual tiredness and weariness will be lessened. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are inspiring for you with this increased energy.
9. You’ll be safer and more aware of your surroundings
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have entirely adapted. Normally, you would hear approaching traffic before you step out into the street. You’re accustomed to hearing the emergency siren before you check the rearview mirror.
If your hearing loss is new, or you aren’t aware of it, you may assume that some situations are safe when they really aren’t. And that can be a hazardous proposition.
Hearing aids will help reestablish that lost awareness. So you’ll be capable of making smarter, safer choices.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even more challenging than change is personal growth. When you get a hearing aid, you’re accepting that something isn’t necessarily working properly anymore. But you’re bettering yourself as well.
That’s a positive thing! It’s the sort of thing we should all strive for! So when you put in your hearing aids, you’re setting yourself up as a positive example and role model. (It’s okay, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Schedule a hearing exam right away
When you wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the main advantage. That one’s obvious. But there are lots of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is certainly not complete.
You might have a completely different top ten list. Scheduling an appointment with us for a hearing assessment is the first step no matter what advantages you look forward to.