Even when it’s somewhat minor, hearing loss can have a major impact on your life. The way you connect with friends, coworkers, and family members can change dramatically. Everyday activities like going to the supermarket can grow more challenging. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. On the contrary, a well adjusted set of hearing aids can make a huge difference.
Hearing aids improve your ability to hear, and that’s typically how most people think of them. And that’s not untrue. But how is the quality of life improved? Just how far do the benefits of hearing aids go?
The top ten reasons to invest in hearing aids
We people 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, maybe you did if you’ve been dealing with your hearing loss for a while.
So, what are the top ten advantages associated with wearing your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will improve
Great communication is crucial to any good relationship. But when you have neglected hearing loss, communication can be challenging. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the entire conversation without missing anything. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the whole story.
You won’t be resentful and feel excluded from conversations. So your general relationships, among your friends, co-workers, and family members, will improve. The link between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!
2. You’ll be more independent
Shopping at the supermarket or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss can feel like an ordeal. Trying to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be challenging when you can’t hear that well. But the overall 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 enhanced 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 with less anxiety.
3. You might make more money
Consider this hypothetical situation: if you’re in a meeting at work and miss half of what’s said, you might not perform your job quite as well. This can result in lost promotions or even dicey job prospects.
With your hearing aids firmly 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 improve your focus on work and put you in a stronger position to increase your income.
4. Your tinnitus symptoms will decrease
Tinnitus is one of those things that the majority of individuals have experienced now and again; it’s that ringing or buzzing in your ear. Tinnitus symptoms will frequently be more intense and frequent with hearing loss (tinnitus is sometimes more noticeable with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there may also be other reasons too).
With a hearing aid, many people note that they experience diminished tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid might be, in some cases, simply drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Decreased chance of mental decline
There is a solid link between mental decline and hearing impairment. For instance, untreated hearing loss can seriously raise your risk of developing dementia. Managing hearing loss seems to be helpful, even though there are numerous theories as to why. That’s why it’s important to be sure you use your hearing aids. You could be helping the health of your brain!
6. You can enjoy music again
When you suffer from hearing loss music is more difficult to hear clearly. That’s because one wavelength of sound usually goes before the others. Maybe you can’t hear low frequencies, for instance. Because of this, the song you once enjoyed may just sound… weird.
You will be able to appreciate music again with your hearing aids replacing missing sound. You’ll hear all of the wavelengths and your music won’t sound so garbled. It can be an incredible relief to hear your favorite song again.
7. Your confidence will improve
Being able to hear better and interact more thoroughly will give you a boost of confidence. And confidence is a wonderful thing.
This isn’t to say that hearing impairment should take away your confidence. It’s just that, especially if that hearing loss is recent, you could suddenly find it challenging to interact with others in the same ways you usually do.
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 overtime if your hearing loss is slowly advancing. That’s because your brain doesn’t know your ears aren’t working right, so it’s continuously attempting to fill in the audio holes that your hearing loss has produced. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost continuously.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to relax and refresh. It will have less work to accomplish. Which means you won’t feel so consistently exhausted and depleted. You’ll have more vitality to do the things you enjoy doing!
9. You’ll be safer and more aware of your environment
If your hearing loss is recent, you may not yet have fully adjusted. You’re used to being able to hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look up into your rearview mirror, you would ordinarily hear the oncoming sirens.
If your hearing loss is recent, or you aren’t aware of it, you might presume that some scenarios are safe when they really aren’t. And that can be a hazardous proposition.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. Your decision making will be wiser and less hazardous.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even harder than change is personal growth. When you get a hearing aid, you’re accepting that something isn’t actually working right anymore. But you’re also attempting to better the situation.
That’s a positive 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 fine, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Schedule a hearing assessment right away
When you use hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the principal benefit. That goes without saying. But as you know, there are boatloads of immediate advantages of hearing aids! This top ten list is in no way 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.