Hearing loss can really impact how you live, even when it’s minor. The way you connect with friends, coworkers, and loved ones can change significantly. Everyday activities like going to the grocery store can become more difficult. But it doesn’t have to have this type of negative affect on you. If you utilize a well calibrated hearing aid, it can make a huge difference.
Hearing aids improve your ability to hear, and that’s usually how most individuals think of them. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life enhanced? What further advantages will hearing aids deliver?
Hearing aid’s top ten benefits
It’s kind of amazing, isn’t it, how we can so frequently put together top ten lists for anything? I bet you didn’t think you would be reading a top ten list about hearing aids when you woke up this morning. Well, maybe you did if you’ve been dealing with your hearing loss for a while.
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 strong, good communication is indispensable. But communication can be challenging when you have untreated hearing loss. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the full story, and you’ll be capable of keeping up with the conversation.
You won’t be resentful and feel excluded from conversations. So your overall relationships, amongst your friends, co-workers, and loved ones, will improve. The link between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!
2. You’ll have more independence
Shopping at the supermarket or going to a restaurant when you have neglected hearing loss can be an ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be difficult when you can’t hear that well. But the whole process becomes easier when you use hearing aids. You can get around much more independently.
You’ll also be better able to drive safely. That’s because your hearing aids will enhance your all-around situational awareness (more on that in a bit). You will be less anxious about doing things on your own when you can hear the world more clearly.
3. You could make more money
Think about this hypothetical situation: if you’re losing large portions of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your work performance will suffer. This can result in diminished job prospects and being passed-up for promotions.
With your hearing aids firmly in place and working properly, you’ll be able to keep up with meetings, and you won’t be as tired all the time from straining to hear. This can increase your focus on work and put you in a stronger position to grow your income.
4. You’ll have decreased tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that buzzing or ringing in the ear that the majority of us have experienced occasionally. When you have hearing loss, tinnitus can often be experienced much more powerfully (tinnitus is sometimes more noticeable with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there may also be other reasons as well).
Many people observe that their tinnitus symptoms decrease when they use a hearing aid. In these cases, that’s because the hearing aid is drowning out the sound of the tinnitus. But we will take relief whenever we can, right?
5. Less chance of developing dementia
Hearing impairment and cognitive decline are strongly linked. Your chance of developing dementia can be significantly increased by neglecting hearing loss, for example. Treating hearing loss appears to be helpful, even though there are numerous theories as to why. That’s why it’s not a good idea to forget to wear your hearing aid. You may be giving your brain a greater chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. You can enjoy music again
It’s tough to enjoy music, in its full entirety, when you have hearing loss. That’s because one frequency of sound normally goes before the others. Maybe you can’t hear low frequencies, for instance. The music you used to like, as a result, may sound… different.
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 garbled mess). Hearing your favorite song again can be extremely enjoyable.
7. Your confidence will improve
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And confidence is a wonderful thing.
We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t be confident simply because you have hearing loss. We’re simply saying that you might find yourself having a difficult time interacting with others, particularly if your hearing loss is new.
A hearing aid can make those connections easier again. And that can result in a boost in confidence.
8. You’ll have more energy
Your brain is most likely working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly advancing. The audio holes that your hearing loss is producing will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t know that your ears aren’t working. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost all the time.
Your brain gets to recharge and relax when you wear a hearing aid. It will have less work to accomplish. Which means you won’t feel so continuously tired and depleted. You’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy doing!
9. Being more aware of your surroundings will keep you safer
If your hearing loss is new, you might not yet have fully adjusted. You’re used to being able to hear traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look up into your rearview mirror, you would usually hear the oncoming sirens.
You may assume certain situations are safe when, because you’re not aware of your hearing loss, or you’ve ignored it, they really aren’t. And that can be a hazardous proposition.
Hearing aids will help reestablish that lost awareness. So you’ll be capable of making wiser, safer choices.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even more difficult than change is personal growth. You’re acknowledging that things aren’t functioning effectively now when you invest in a hearing aid. 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 you’re acting as a role model and a positive example when you use your hearing aids. (It’s okay, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)
Get your hearing checked as soon as you can
When you wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the main advantage. That goes without saying. But as you can tell, there are boatloads of immediate benefits of hearing aids! This top ten list is just that, one little list of just ten of these advantages.
Your top ten list might look a little different. No matter what benefits you look forward to the most, the first step is making an appointment with us to have your hearing tested.