Hearing loss can seriously impact the way you live, even when it’s minor. The way you connect with friends, coworkers, and loved ones can change significantly. Daily tasks like going to the grocery store can become more difficult. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative affect on you. If you utilize a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a big difference.
Most people normally think of those advantages in a really linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life improved? What further advantages will hearing aids create?
Hearing aid’s top ten advantages
It’s kind of fascinating, isn’t it, how we can so often put together 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 known about your hearing loss for a while… maybe you did!
So here are the top ten advantages of using hearing aids.
1. Your relationships will improve
For any relationship to be great, strong communication is crucial. But communication can be difficult when you have untreated hearing loss. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the entire conversation without missing 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 go on without you. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family members, friends, and colleagues. The connection between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!
2. You’ll be more independent
When you have untreated hearing loss, activities like shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. Trying to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be challenging when you can’t hear that well. But the overall process becomes easier when you have hearing aids. You’ll have a lot more independence when you move around the world around you.
You’ll also be in a better position to drive safely. That’s because your hearing aids will improve your overall situational awareness (more on that later). You will be less anxious about doing things by yourself when you can hear the world more clearly.
3. Better hearing may lead to higher income
Consider this hypothetical situation: if you’re attending a meeting at work and miss a lot of what’s discussed, you may not execute your job quite as well. 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 follow along with meetings, and you won’t be as tired all the time from straining to hear. By doing this you can have an opportunity to raise your income by improving your ability to focus on work.
4. Your tinnitus symptoms will diminish
Tinnitus is one of those things that most people have experienced now and again; it’s that buzzing or ringing in your ear. Tinnitus symptoms will commonly be more intense and more often with hearing loss (there are a number of reasons for this, sometimes the tinnitus is just relatively noisier because everything else is so quiet, for example).
Many individuals observe that their tinnitus symptoms decrease when they wear a hearing aid. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid may be, in some situations, simply drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Decreased risk of cognitive decline
There is a solid link between cognitive decline and hearing impairment. For example, neglected hearing loss can seriously elevate your risk of developing dementia. Managing hearing loss appears to be helpful, although there are many theories as to why. That’s why it’s essential to be certain you wear your hearing aids. You could be giving your brain a greater chance of staying healthy longer.
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
It’s difficult to enjoy music, in its whole entirety, when you have hearing loss. That’s because one frequency of sound typically 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, though, those missing gaps in the music will be filled in, and you can enjoy music again! You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of only one or the other (or a muffled mess). It can be a great relief to hear your favorite song again.
7. Your confidence will grow
Having better hearing and interacting more thoroughly will boost your confidence. And confidence is a great thing.
We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t be confident simply because you have hearing loss. 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 connections easier again. And when that happens, confidence will improve.
8. You’ll have more vigor
Your brain is probably working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly advancing. The audio holes that your hearing loss is creating will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t recognize that your ears aren’t functioning. That’s… a lot of work! And so, your brain is under continual strain.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain an opportunity to relax and recharge. It won’t need to work so hard. With this, persistent tiredness and fatigue will be reduced. You’ll have more vitality to do the things you love to do!
9. You’ll be safer and more mindful of your surroundings
You might not have adjusted to your hearing loss, particularly if it’s recent. Ordinarily, you would hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the street. Before you look up into your rearview mirror, you would ordinarily hear the oncoming sirens.
If your hearing loss is recent, or you aren’t aware of it, you might presume that some situations are safe when they actually aren’t. That can put you in some very unsafe scenarios.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. Your decision making will be smarter and safer.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be hard, and personal growth still harder. You’re acknowledging that things aren’t working effectively now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re bettering yourself too.
That’s a positive thing! We should all strive for this type of thing, right? So you’re becoming a role model and a positive example when you use your hearing aids. You should be proud of yourself.
Get your hearing checked as soon as you can
When you wear hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the biggest benefit. That goes without saying. But as you know, there are tons of immediate benefits of 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.