Even when it’s relatively minor, hearing loss can have a major impact on your life. There will be a significant change in the way you communicate with family, friends, and coworkers. Everyday tasks like going to the grocery store can become more difficult. But it doesn’t need to have this kind of negative impact on you. On the contrary, a well calibrated set of hearing aids can make a big difference.
Hearing aids improve your ability to hear, and that’s typically how most individuals think of them. And that’s true. But how do hearing aids better quality of life? Just how far do the advantages of hearing aids go?
The top ten reasons to invest in hearing aids
It’s sort of amazing, isn’t it, how we can so frequently put together top ten lists for anything? When you got up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? Well, maybe you did if you’ve been coping with your hearing loss for a while.
So here are the top ten benefits of using hearing aids.
1. You will have improved relationships.
Strong communication is critical to any great relationship. But communication can be problematic when you have neglected hearing loss. But when you wear hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the whole conversation without missing 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 your overall relationships, amongst your friends, co-workers, and loved ones, will improve. The connection between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!
2. You’ll have greater independence
When you’re dealing with neglected hearing loss, tasks like shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be difficult when you can’t hear very well. But the whole process gets easier when you have hearing aids. You’ll have a lot more independence when you move around the world around you.
Driving will also be safer. That’s because your hearing aids will enhance your overall situational awareness (more on that in a bit). You won’t be as anxious about doing things without help when you’re able to hear the world more clearly.
3. You could make more money
Let’s toss out a hypothetical: if you’re losing large portions of what’s being discussed during meetings at work, your job performance will suffer. 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 as tired all the time from struggling to hear. This can boost your focus on work and put you in a stronger position to increase your income.
4. You’ll have reduced tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is one of those things that most individuals have experienced from time to time; it’s that buzzing or ringing in your ear. Tinnitus symptoms will usually be more extreme and frequent with hearing loss (there are a host of explanations for this, sometimes the tinnitus is only relatively noisier because everything else is so quiet, for example).
With a hearing aid, many individuals note that they experience diminished tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid could 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
Hearing loss and cognitive decline are definitely connected. For example, neglected hearing loss can seriously elevate your chance of developing dementia. Treating hearing loss appears to be helpful, although there are many theories as to why. That’s why it isn’t a good idea to forget to wear your hearing aid. You may be giving your brain a greater chance of staying healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be appreciated
It’s tough to appreciate 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. The music you used to like, as a result, might sound… different.
You will be able to appreciate music again with your hearing aids filling in the missing sound. You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of only one or the other (or a muffled mess). It can be an amazing relief to hear your favorite song again.
7. Your confidence will grow
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And who doesn’t want confidence?
This is not to say that hearing loss should rob you of your confidence. It’s just that, particularly if that hearing loss is recent, you may suddenly find it a challenge to interact with others in the same ways you always have.
A hearing aid can make those connections easier again. And when that happens, confidence will grow.
8. You’ll have more vigor
Your brain is probably working overtime if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. That’s because your brain doesn’t know 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 hard work. And it means that your brain is working (and strained) almost constantly.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain an opportunity to relax and refresh. It will have less work to do. Which means you won’t feel so consistently tired and drained. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are exciting for you with this enhanced energy.
9. You’ll be safer and more perceptive of your environment
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have fully adjusted. Ordinarily, you would hear approaching traffic before you step out into the road. You’re accustomed to hearing the emergency siren before you check the rearview mirror.
You might 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 very unsafe situations.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. So you’ll be capable of making smarter, safer choices.
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.
That’s a positive thing! It’s the sort of thing we should all strive for! So when you pop in your hearing aids, you’re setting yourself up as a positive example and role model. You should be proud of yourself.
Have your hearing checked today
When you use hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the principal advantage. That one’s obvious. But there are lots of advantages to using hearing aids. This top ten list is only that, one little list of just ten of these benefits.
You might have an entirely 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 checked.