Hearing loss can seriously impact how you live, even when it’s minor. There will be a significant change in the way you connect with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. It can become a challenge to accomplish daily tasks such as going shopping. But it doesn’t have to have this type of negative affect on you. If you use a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a big difference.
Most people usually think of those benefits in a very linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s not untrue. But how is the quality of life improved? Just how far do the advantages of hearing aids go?
The top ten reasons to get hearing aids
We people just love creating 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 advantages linked to using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will get better
For any relationship to be strong, good communication is indispensable. But communication can be challenging when you have untreated hearing loss. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be able to hear the whole conversation without missing anything. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the full 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 you will have an improvement in your relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers. There is a strong connection between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll have greater independence
Shopping at the grocery store or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss can be an ordeal. When you’re unable to hear all that well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be difficult. But with a set of hearing aids, the whole process quickly becomes a lot easier. You’ll have much more independence when you move around the world around you.
Driving will also be safer. That’s because your hearing aids will improve your total situational awareness (more on that later). 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. You could make more money
Consider this hypothetical scenario: if you’re in a meeting at work and miss half of what’s said, you may not execute your job quite as well. This can result in diminished job opportunities and being passed-up for promotions.
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 straining to hear. By doing this you can have a chance to raise your income by improving your ability to focus on work.
4. You’ll have decreased tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is one of those things that the majority of individuals have experienced now and again; it’s that buzzing or ringing in your ear. When you suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus can frequently be felt much more intensely (tinnitus is sometimes louder with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there could also be other reasons as well).
With a hearing aid, many people observe that they experience reduced tinnitus symptoms. 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. Less chance of developing dementia
Hearing loss and cognitive issues are strongly linked. Your risk of developing cognitive decline can be seriously elevated by ignoring hearing loss, for instance. Managing hearing loss appears to be helpful, although 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 better chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. You can enjoy music again
It’s difficult 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’re unable to hear low frequencies, for instance. The music you used to like, as a result, might sound… different.
With your hearing aids, however, those missing holes in the music will be filled in, and you can enjoy music again! You’ll hear all of the wavelengths and your music won’t sound so garbled. Hearing your favorite song again can be incredibly enjoyable.
7. Your confidence will grow
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more successful interactions. And who doesn’t like confidence?
This isn’t to say that hearing impairment should take away your confidence. We’re simply saying that you might find yourself having a hard 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 improved confidence.
8. Your energy will be higher
Your brain is probably working overtime if your hearing loss is gradually progressing. The audio holes that your hearing loss is creating will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t understand that your ears aren’t functioning. That’s hard work. And it means that your brain is working (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. With this, continual exhaustion and weariness will be reduced. You’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy doing!
9. Being more aware of your surroundings will keep you safer
You may 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. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would ordinarily hear the oncoming sirens.
You might assume certain situations are safe when, because you’re not aware of your hearing loss, or you’ve ignored it, they actually aren’t. And that can be a dangerous proposition.
Hearing aids will help restore that lost awareness. Your decision making will be wiser and less hazardous.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be hard, and personal growth still harder. You’re admitting that things aren’t functioning properly now when you invest in a hearing aid. But you’re also trying to better the situation.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the sort of thing we should all work for! So you’re becoming a role model and a positive example when you use your hearing aids. You should be proud of yourself.
Schedule a hearing exam right away
The main advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That goes without saying. But there are lots of benefits to using hearing aids. This top ten list is only that, one little list of only ten of these benefits.
Your top ten list might look a little different. Making an appointment with us for a hearing assessment is the first step no matter what benefits you look forward to.