Even when it’s relatively mild, hearing loss can have a major impact on your life. There will be a dramatic change in the way you interact with family, friends, and coworkers. Daily tasks like going to the supermarket can become more difficult. But it doesn’t have to have this type of negative impact on you. Quite the opposite, a well adjusted pair of hearing aids can make a big difference.
Most people normally think of those advantages in a very linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s true. But how do hearing aids better quality of life? What further benefits will hearing aids create?
Hearing aid’s top ten benefits
It’s sort of amazing, isn’t it, how people can so often 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? I mean, if you’ve been aware of your hearing loss for a while… maybe you did!
So, what are the top ten benefits linked to wearing your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. You will have improved relationships.
For any relationship to be strong, good communication is crucial. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be challenging. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be able to hear the entire conversation without losing anything. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the entire story.
This also means you won’t feel left out of the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations carry on without you. So your general relationships, amongst your friends, co-workers, and family members, will improve. There is a strong link between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll have greater independence
When you have neglected hearing loss, tasks like shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be difficult when you can’t hear that well. But with a pair of hearing aids, the whole process quickly becomes much easier. You’ll have a lot more independence when you navigate the world around you.
You’ll also be better able to drive safely. That’s because your overall situational awareness will be enhanced by your hearing aids. You won’t be as anxious about doing things without help when you’re able to hear the world more clearly.
3. Better hearing could lead to higher income
Think about this hypothetical situation: if you’re losing large portions of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your job performance will suffer. This can result in lost promotions or even dicey job opportunities.
When you’re wearing precisely tuned hearing aids, you will be less fatigued from straining to hear, and keeping up with those meetings will be much easier. By doing this you can have a chance to raise your income by increasing 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. Tinnitus symptoms will frequently be more intense and frequent with hearing loss (there are a host of reasons for this, sometimes the tinnitus is only relatively louder because everything else is so quiet, for instance).
With a hearing aid, many individuals note that they experience diminished tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall outside sound provided by the hearing aid could be, in some cases, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Reduced chance of mental decline
Hearing loss and cognitive decline are strongly connected. For example, untreated hearing loss can seriously increase 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 isn’t a good idea to forget to put in your hearing aid. You could be giving your brain a better chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be appreciated
When you have hearing loss music is more difficult to hear clearly. That’s because one wavelength of sound normally goes before the others. Maybe you can’t hear low frequencies, for instance. 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 garbled mess). It can be an incredible relief to hear your favorite tune again.
7. You’ll get a boost of confidence
Being able to hear better and interact more thoroughly will give you a boost of confidence. And confidence is a great thing.
This isn’t to say that hearing loss should take away your confidence. We’re just 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 interactions easier again. And that can result in improved confidence.
8. You’ll have more vigor
Your brain is most likely working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly advancing. That’s because your brain doesn’t realize 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 hard work. And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost constantly.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain an opportunity to slow down and refresh. It won’t need to work as hard. With this, continuous tiredness and weariness will be lessened. You’ll have more energy to do the things you love to do!
9. You’ll be safer and more aware of your surroundings
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. You’re used to hearing the ambulance siren before you check the rearview mirror.
If your hearing loss is new, or you aren’t conscious of it, you may assume that some situations are safe when they really aren’t. And that can be a hazardous proposition.
This lost awareness will be recovered by using hearing aids. Your decision making will be smarter and less hazardous.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be tough, and personal growth harder still. You’re admitting that things aren’t working effectively now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re also trying to better the situation.
That’s a positive thing! It’s the kind of thing we should all strive 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 an appointment for a hearing assessment right away
When you wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the primary advantage. 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 an entirely different top ten list. No matter what advantages you look forward to the most, the first step is making an appointment with us to have your hearing tested.