Hearing loss can seriously impact how you live, even when it’s minor. There will be a dramatic change in the way you connect with family, friends, and coworkers. It can become difficult to perform daily tasks like going shopping. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative affect on you. If you utilize a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a huge difference.
Most people usually think of those benefits 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 advantages will hearing aids create?
Hearing aid’s top ten advantages
We humans just love producing top ten lists. When you got up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? Well, perhaps you did if you’ve been dealing with your hearing loss for a while.
So here are the top ten benefits of using hearing aids.
1. You will have better relationships.
Great communication is critical to any good relationship. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be challenging. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the whole story.
You won’t be resentful and feel left out of conversations. So your general relationships, among your friends, co-workers, and loved ones, will improve. The link between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!
2. You’ll be more independent
When you have neglected hearing loss, tasks such as shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. Trying to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be difficult when you can’t hear very well. But the whole process becomes easier when you have hearing aids. You’ll have much more independence when you navigate the world around you.
Driving will also be less hazardous. That’s because your overall situational awareness will be increased 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 without as much anxiety.
3. You could make more money
Let’s throw out a hypothetical: if you’re missing large parts of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your job performance will be affected negatively. This can lead to lost promotions or even dicey job prospects.
When you’re wearing precisely tuned hearing aids, you will be less exhausted from straining to hear, and following along with those meetings will be a lot easier. By doing this you can have an opportunity to raise your income by increasing your ability to focus on work.
4. Your tinnitus symptoms will lessen
Tinnitus is one of those things that the majority of people have experienced at times; it’s that ringing or buzzing in your ear. When you suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus can usually be experienced much more intensely (tinnitus is sometimes more noticeable with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there could also be other reasons too).
Many individuals report that their tinnitus symptoms ease up when they use a hearing aid. The louder overall external sound provided by the hearing aid may be, in some cases, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Reduced chance of mental decline
There is a firm link between mental decline and hearing loss. For example, untreated hearing loss can significantly raise your risk of developing dementia. There are many hypotheses about why this may be, but the end result is that managing your hearing loss appears to be helpful! That’s why it’s essential to be certain you wear your hearing aids. You could be helping your brain health!
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
It’s tough to enjoy music, in its full entirety, when you suffer from hearing impairment. That’s because hearing loss is likely to impact one wavelength of sound first, then another. For instance, you may be unable to hear low frequencies. The music you used to like, consequently, may sound… different.
You will be able to appreciate music again with your hearing aids replacing missing sound. 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 a boost of confidence
Your confidence will be boosted when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And who doesn’t want confidence?
We’re not implying that you shouldn’t be confident just because you deal with hearing loss. It’s just that, especially if that hearing loss is recent, you might suddenly find it a challenge to interact with people in the same ways you always have.
Those interactions can become easier again when you use hearing aids. And when that happens, confidence will improve.
8. Your energy will be increased
Your brain is probably working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. That’s because your brain doesn’t recognize your ears aren’t working correctly, so it’s continuously attempting to fill in the audio holes that your hearing impairment has created. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost constantly.
Your brain gets to recharge and unwind when you wear a hearing aid. It will have less work to accomplish. With this, persistent exhaustion 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 mindful of your environment
You may not have adapted to your hearing loss, especially if it’s recent. Ordinarily, you would hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would usually hear the oncoming sirens.
If your hearing loss is new, or you aren’t aware of it, you may presume that some scenarios are safe when they really aren’t. That can put you in some really unsafe scenarios.
Hearing aids will help reestablish that lost awareness. So you’ll be able to make smarter, safer decisions.
10. You will set a good example!
Change can be tough, and personal growth still harder. When you invest in a hearing aid, you’re acknowledging that something isn’t necessarily working right anymore. But you’re also trying to improve the situation.
That’s a good thing! We should all strive for this type of thing, right? 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.)
Get your hearing tested today
When you wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the primary advantage. That goes without saying. But there are lots of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is in no way exhaustive.
Your top ten list might look a little different. No matter what advantages you look forward to the most, the first step is scheduling an appointment with us to have your hearing checked.