Hearing aids are there to improve the quality of life for users, but how is that accomplished? You probably will hear better, sure, but does better hearing mean a better life? Does having hearing aids also mean more money in the bank? If you are one of the many people out there struggling daily to hear daily you might wonder if a hearing aid can save money and make your life better. Here are 15 ways having hearing aids will make you richer and happier.
1. In the Grocery Line
When you don’t hear well, your eyes do twice the work. That’s a big problem when you are trying to keep your local grocery store from over charging you, especially if the cashier is talking in the background. Hearing aids mean you can watch the scanner and know exactly how much each item costs without being rude.
2. Getting Your Money’s Worth in Class
You pay a fee to attend that class, don’t you want to hear what is being said. Even if the teacher has a microphone and you miss out on discussions with other students. Now, is that money well spent?
3. The Confidence Factor
Is a positive self-esteem the secret to happiness? At least one study conducted by the National Institute on Aging says it is a contributing factor. Self-esteem is really the basis for happiness because it means you like yourself. That’s not easy when you always feel like you are missing something important in the conversations with friends and family, verbal instructions and even the right lyrics for your favorite song. Feeling confident relies on your ability to hear in many ways.
4. That Lack of Confidence Will Cost You
Of course, without good self-esteem, you will let opportunities pass you by like the chance to get a better paying job with more responsibility.
5. What About Your Job
Is your poor hearing holding you back at work? Maybe you have trouble following oral instructions or are unable to listen to customers. Coworkers might even get annoyed with you because you ask them to repeat themselves. A 2011 study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that not getting hearing aids can cost you as much as 30,000 dollars in income each year.
6. Hearing Aids Improve Relationships
Research shows that almost 70 percent of people surveyed say that having hearing aids improve their relationships. Another 81 percent stated they were pleased when a partner finally got a hearing aid.
7. Hearing Aids Enhance Friendships
Let’s face it; no one likes to always have to repeat themselves. It’s as frustrating for friends as it is for you to continually be left out of the conversation.
8. Music Means Happiness
The opposite is true, as well. Not being able to enjoy the music you love can lead to feelings of loss. Listening to music isn’t just fun, either, it triggers a neurological response that makes you feel better.
9. The Joy of Live Theater
You won’t find closed captioning on live theater, but with hearing aids, it won’t matter. Whether you love a Broadway musically or want to you see your grandchild star in the latest school production, you’ll be happier if you can hear the show.
10. The Beautiful Sounds of Nature
People tend to take things like birds chirping and the wind blowing for granted, that’s until you no longer hear them. Hearing aids bring the beautiful sounds of nature back into your life.
11. That Sense of Unease
There is a sensation that comes with not being able to hear what is going on around you. It’s a combination of uneasiness and dread. Your senses give you a sense of security when you are moving, and without your hearing, you lose that safety net.
12. You Never Played Better
Whether you are on the company softball team or just love to spend an afternoon at the local golf course, your game will improve with the right hearing aids on the team. Better gameplay means more enjoyment and confidence.
13. The Things You Don’t Even Realize Your Missing
One problem with hearing loss is you tend to get complacent. You forget the things you are missing out on, but hearing aids change all that for you. You’ll spend the first couple days in awe hearing all the things you’ve been missing.
14. A Sense of Wellbeing
Avoiding things you know you need creates anxiety. If you are putting off getting hearing aids, it is sitting there in the back of your mind causing stress. Giving in to that need means you are doing something good for yourself and that feels good.
15. Hearing Aids Improve Cognation
The struggle to hear can take a toll on your brain and is a factor in Alzheimer’s disease. Getting hearing aids will lower your risk.