Even when it’s fairly minor, hearing loss can have a big impact on your life. There will be a dramatic change in the way you communicate with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. Daily tasks like going to the grocery store can grow more challenging. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. Quite the opposite, a well adjusted set of hearing aids can make a huge difference.
Most people tend to think of those benefits 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? Just how far do the advantages of hearing aids go?
Hearing aid’s top ten benefits
It’s kind of fascinating, isn’t it, how humans can so frequently produce top ten lists for everything? 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… perhaps you did!
So, what are the top ten benefits associated with using your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. Your relationships will improve
Strong communication is crucial to any good relationship. But when you have neglected hearing loss, communication can be a real challenge. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little snippets of conversation. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the whole story, and you’ll be capable of keeping up with the conversation.
You won’t be resentful and feel left out of conversations. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The connection between hearing aids and relationships is a powerful one!
2. You’ll be more independent
When you have untreated hearing loss, activities such as shopping or dining out can be a real ordeal. When you can’t hear all that well, communicating with wait staff or cashiers can be difficult. But the whole process gets easier when you have hearing aids. You can navigate a lot more independently.
You’ll also be better able to drive safely. 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 capable of doing more without any help, and you’ll be able to do it without as much anxiety.
3. Better hearing could lead to higher income
Consider this hypothetical situation: if you’re attending a meeting at work and miss a lot of what’s said, you might not execute your job quite as well. This can result in lost promotions or even dicey job prospects.
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 a lot easier. This can boost your focus on work and put you in a better position to increase your income.
4. Your tinnitus symptoms will lessen
Tinnitus is one of those things that most people have experienced now and again; it’s that ringing or buzzing in your ear. Tinnitus symptoms will usually be more intense and more often with hearing loss (there are a host of reasons for this, sometimes the tinnitus is only relatively noisier because everything else is so quiet, for instance).
With a hearing aid, many people note that they experience reduced tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall external sound supplied by the hearing aid could be, in some cases, just drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But relief is relief.
5. Less chance of developing dementia
There is a firm link between mental decline and hearing impairment. Your risk of developing cognitive decline can be significantly elevated by disregarding hearing loss, for example. There are lots of theories about why this may be, but the end result is that managing your hearing loss seems to help! That’s why it’s not a good idea to forget to wear your hearing aid. You could be giving your brain a better chance of remaining healthy longer.
6. You can appreciate music again
It’s difficult to appreciate music, in its full entirety, when you suffer from hearing impairment. That’s because hearing loss tends to impact one wavelength of sound first, then another. For example, you might be unable to pick up low frequencies. The music you used to like, consequently, may sound… different.
With your hearing aids, though, those missing holes 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 a great relief to hear your favorite band again.
7. Your confidence will improve
Your confidence will be boosted when you can hear better and have more successful interactions. And confidence is a wonderful thing.
This is not to say that hearing impairment should rob you of your confidence. It’s just that, particularly if that hearing loss is new, you may suddenly find it difficult to interact with people in the same ways you usually do.
Those connections can become easier again with hearing aids. And that can lead to a boost in confidence.
8. Your vitality will be higher
Your brain is probably working extra hard if your hearing loss is slowly advancing. The audio holes that your hearing loss is producing will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t know that your ears aren’t working. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is struggling (and strained) almost all the time.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to relax and recharge. It will have less work to accomplish. Which means you won’t feel so constantly exhausted and drained. You’ll have more vitality to do the things you love to do!
9. Being more conscious of your surroundings will keep you safer
You may not have adapted to your hearing loss, especially if it’s new. Ordinarily, you would hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the road. You’re accustomed to hearing the emergency siren before you check the rearview mirror.
You may presume certain situations are safe when, because you’re unaware of your hearing loss, or you’ve ignored it, they actually aren’t. And that can be a dangerous proposition.
This lost awareness will be restored by using hearing aids. Your decision making will be smarter and less hazardous.
10. You’ll be a positive example!
Change can be difficult, and personal growth harder still. You’re admitting that things aren’t functioning properly now when you get a hearing aid. But you’re also attempting to improve the situation.
That’s a good thing! It’s the sort of thing we should all work for! So when you put in your hearing aids, you’re setting yourself up as a positive example and role model. You should be proud of yourself.
Have your hearing tested today
When you use hearing aids you will hear better and that’s the principal benefit. That one’s obvious. But there are plenty of advantages to using hearing aids. This top ten list is in no way exhaustive.
Your top ten list may look a little different. No matter what advantages you look forward to the most, the first step is scheduling an appointment with us to have your hearing checked.