Even when it’s somewhat minor, hearing loss can have a major impact on your life. The way you interact with friends, coworkers, and family members can change dramatically. Everyday tasks like going to the grocery store can become more challenging. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be all doom and gloom. If you use a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a big difference.
Hearing aids help you hear better, and that’s generally how most people think of them. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life enhanced? What further benefits will hearing aids create?
Hearing aid’s top ten advantages
It’s kind of fascinating, isn’t it, how humans can so frequently produce top ten lists for everything? 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 connected with using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. You will have improved relationships.
For any relationship to be great, strong communication is crucial. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be a real challenge. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little bits of conversation. You’ll be able to follow along with the conversation and get the entire 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 have neglected hearing loss can be an ordeal. When you’re unable to hear all that well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be challenging. But with a pair of hearing aids, the entire process suddenly becomes a lot easier. You can navigate a lot more independently.
You’ll also be in a better position to drive safely. That’s because your general situational awareness will be increased by your hearing aids. You won’t be as anxious about doing things by yourself when you can hear the world more clearly.
3. Stronger hearing may result in higher pay
Let’s throw out a hypothetical: if you’re missing large portions of what’s being discussed during meetings at work, your job performance will be affected negatively. This can result in diminished job prospects and being passed-up for promotions.
When you’re wearing precisely calibrated hearing aids, you will be less exhausted from struggling to hear, and keeping up with those meetings will be much easier. By doing this you can have an opportunity to boost your income by improving your ability to focus on work.
4. Your tinnitus symptoms will decrease
Tinnitus is that ringing or buzzing in the ear that most of us have experienced now and then. Tinnitus symptoms will commonly be more extreme and more often with hearing loss (there are a host of reasons for this, sometimes the tinnitus is just relatively noisier because everything else is so quiet, for instance).
Many people report that their tinnitus symptoms decrease when they wear a hearing aid. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid could be, in some situations, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But we will take relief where we can get it, right?
5. Reduced chance of cognitive decline
Hearing impairment and cognitive issues are definitely connected. Your risk of developing cognitive decline can be seriously elevated by ignoring hearing loss, for instance. Treating hearing loss seems to be helpful, even though there are many theories as to why. That’s why it’s essential to be certain you use your hearing aids. You may be giving your brain a better chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
When you suffer from hearing loss music is more difficult to hear clearly. That’s because one wavelength of sound typically goes before the others. Maybe you’re unable to hear low frequencies, for instance. As a result, the song you used to enjoy might just sound… strange.
You will be able to enjoy 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 tune again.
7. Your confidence will improve
Having better hearing and interacting more completely will give you a boost of confidence. And who doesn’t want confidence?
This isn’t 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 challenging to interact with people in the same ways you usually do.
Those connections can become easier again with hearing aids. And when that takes place, confidence will improve.
8. Your vitality will be higher
Your brain is most likely working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. That’s because your brain doesn’t recognize your ears aren’t working correctly, so it’s constantly attempting to fill in the audio holes that your hearing loss has created. That’s hard work. And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost constantly.
Your brain gets to recharge and relax when you wear a hearing aid. It won’t need to work so hard. Which means you won’t feel so continually exhausted and depleted. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are stimulating for you with this increased energy.
9. Being more conscious of your surroundings will keep you safer
You may not have adjusted to your hearing loss, particularly if it’s recent. You’re used to hearing oncoming traffic before you step out into the street. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would normally hear the oncoming sirens.
You may presume certain situations are safe when, because you’re unaware of your hearing loss, or you’ve disregarded it, they really aren’t. That can put you in some very dangerous scenarios.
This lost awareness will be recovered by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make smarter, safer choices.
10. You will set a good example!
The one thing that can be even more challenging than change is personal growth. You’re admitting that things aren’t functioning effectively now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re also attempting to improve the situation.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the sort of thing we should all strive for! 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 wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the main benefit. That one’s obvious. But there are lots of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is certainly not exhaustive.
Your top ten list may look a little different. No matter what advantages you look forward to the most, the first step is making an appointment with us to have your hearing checked.