Hearing loss can really effect how you live, even when it’s minor. There will be a considerable change in the way you connect with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. It can become difficult to complete daily tasks like going shopping. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative impact on you. Quite the opposite, a well calibrated set of hearing aids can make a big difference.
Hearing aids help you hear better, and that’s normally how most people think of them. And that’s true. But how do hearing aids better quality of life? What further benefits will hearing aids deliver?
Hearing aid’s top ten advantages
We people just love making top ten lists. I bet you didn’t think you would be reading a top ten list about hearing aids when you woke up this morning. I mean, if you’ve known about your hearing loss for a while… maybe you did!
So, what are the top ten benefits connected with wearing your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will improve
For any relationship to be great, strong communication is essential. But communication can be problematic when you have neglected hearing loss. But when you wear hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the entire 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 left out of the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations continue without you. So your overall relationships, among your friends, co-workers, and loved ones, will improve. There is a strong link between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll have more independence
Shopping at the supermarket or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with neglected hearing loss can feel like an ordeal. When you can’t hear all that well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be difficult. But with a set of hearing aids, the entire process suddenly becomes much easier. You can navigate a lot more independently.
Driving will also be safer. That’s because your hearing aids will improve your all-around situational awareness (more on that in a bit). When you hear more of the world, you’ll be able to do more without any help, and you’ll be able to do it with less anxiety.
3. Better hearing could lead to higher income
Let’s throw out a hypothetical: if you’re in a meeting at work and miss a lot of what’s discussed, you might not perform your job adequately. This can result in passed promotions or even dicey job opportunities.
With your hearing aids firmly in place and working correctly, you’ll be able to keep up with meetings, and you won’t be as tired all the time from struggling to hear. By doing this you can have a chance to boost your income by increasing your ability to focus on work.
4. You’ll have diminished tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that ringing or buzzing in the ear that most of us have experienced now and then. When you suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus can usually be felt much more powerfully (there are a host of explanations for this, sometimes the tinnitus is just relatively louder because everything else is so quiet, for instance).
With a hearing aid, many people observe that they experience reduced tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall external sound provided by the hearing aid may be, in some situations, simply drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Reduced chance of mental decline
There is a firm connection between cognitive decline and hearing impairment. Your chance of developing dementia can be significantly increased by neglecting hearing loss, for example. 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 put in your hearing aid. You could be giving your brain a better chance of staying healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be appreciated
When you suffer from hearing loss music is harder to hear clearly. That’s because hearing loss tends to effect one wavelength of sound first, then another. For example, you might be unable to hear low frequencies. Because of this, the song you used to enjoy may just sound… weird.
With your hearing aids, though, those missing gaps in the music will be filled in, and you can appreciate music again! You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of just one or the other (or a muffled mess). Hearing your favorite tune 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 successful interactions. And who doesn’t like confidence?
This is not to say that hearing loss should take away your confidence. It’s just that, particularly if that hearing loss is recent, you might suddenly find it challenging to interact with people in the same ways you always have.
Those interactions can become easier again when you use hearing aids. And that can result in a boost in confidence.
8. Your energy will be higher
If your hearing impairment has been slowly advancing, your brain has most likely been working harder. That’s because your brain doesn’t know your ears aren’t working right, so it’s constantly trying to fill in the audio gaps that your hearing impairment has produced. That’s hard work. And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost continuously.
When you invest in a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to relax and recharge. It won’t need to work so hard. Which means you won’t feel so constantly exhausted and drained. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are stimulating for you with this enhanced energy.
9. Being more conscious of your surroundings will keep you safer
You might not have adapted to your hearing loss, particularly if it’s new. Ordinarily, you would hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. You’re accustomed to hearing the ambulance siren before you check the rearview mirror.
You might assume certain situations are safe when, because you’re not aware of your hearing loss, or you’ve disregarded it, they actually aren’t. That can put you in some really dangerous scenarios.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make wiser, less dangerous choices.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be hard, and personal growth harder still. You’re acknowledging that things aren’t working properly now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re also attempting to better the situation.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the type of thing we should all strive for! So you’re becoming a role model and a positive example when you wear your hearing aids. (It’s okay, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Have your hearing checked as soon as you can
The primary advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That goes without saying. But there are lots of advantages to using hearing aids. This top ten list is certainly not complete.
You might have a totally different top ten list. Making an appointment with us for a hearing test is the first step no matter what advantages you look forward to.