Hearing loss can seriously effect how you live, even when it’s minor. There will be a considerable change in the way you communicate with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. Daily activities like going to the supermarket can become more challenging. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be all doom and gloom. On the contrary, a well adjusted pair of hearing aids can make a big difference.
Most individuals usually think of those advantages in a really 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 benefits of hearing aids go?
The top ten reasons to get hearing aids
It’s sort of fascinating, isn’t it, how humans can so often come up with 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, what are the top ten benefits linked to using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will get better
For any relationship to be strong, strong communication is indispensable. But when you have neglected hearing loss, communication can be challenging. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the entire story.
This also means you won’t feel excluded from the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations go on without you. So your general 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 be more independent
Shopping at the supermarket or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with neglected hearing loss can be an ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be challenging when you can’t hear that well. But the overall process gets easier when you have hearing aids. You’ll have a lot more independence when you navigate the world around you.
Driving will also be less hazardous. 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. Stronger hearing may result in higher pay
Consider this hypothetical scenario: 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 lead to 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 so tired all the time from straining to hear. This can increase your focus on work and put you in a better position to grow your income.
4. You’ll have decreased tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that ringing or buzzing in the ear that most of us have experienced now and then. When you have 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 may also be other reasons too).
With a hearing aid, many individuals observe that they experience diminished tinnitus symptoms. In these circumstances, that’s because the hearing aid is overpowering the sound of the tinnitus. But relief is relief.
5. Lower risk of cognitive decline
There is a firm link between cognitive decline and hearing impairment. For instance, neglected hearing loss can significantly increase your risk of developing dementia. Treating hearing loss appears to be helpful, 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 could be helping your brain health!
6. Music can once again be appreciated
It’s tough to enjoy music, in its full entirety, when you have hearing impairment. That’s because one frequency of sound typically goes before the others. For instance, you might be unable to pick up low frequencies. The music you used to like, consequently, may sound… different.
You will be able to enjoy music again with your hearing aids filling in the missing sound. You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of just one or the other (or a garbled mess). Hearing your favorite band again can be incredibly enjoyable.
7. You’ll get a boost of confidence
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more successful interactions. And confidence is a great thing.
We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t have confidence just because you have hearing loss. We’re simply saying that you may find yourself having a difficult time interacting with others, especially 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 overtime if your hearing loss is slowly progressing. That’s because your brain doesn’t know your ears aren’t working right, so it’s continuously trying to fill in the audio holes that your hearing loss has created. That’s hard work. And so, your brain is under persistent strain.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to slow down and recharge. It won’t have to work as hard. Which means you won’t feel so continuously exhausted and depleted. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are exciting for you with this enhanced energy.
9. You’ll be safer and more perceptive of your environment
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have entirely adapted. Normally, you would hear approaching traffic before you step out into the street. You’re used to hearing the emergency siren before you look in the rearview mirror.
If your hearing loss is recent, or you aren’t conscious of it, you may presume that some scenarios are safe when they actually aren’t. That can put you in some really dangerous scenarios.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make wiser, safer choices.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be tough, and personal growth harder still. When you invest in a hearing aid, you’re accepting that something isn’t actually working right anymore. But you’re improving yourself too.
There’s nothing wrong with that! 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. You should be proud of yourself.
Schedule a hearing assessment right away
The main advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That goes without saying. But as you can tell, there are tons of immediate benefits of hearing aids! This top ten list is in no way exhaustive.
Your top ten list might look a little different. Scheduling an appointment with us for a hearing test is the first step no matter what benefits you look forward to.