It remains a puzzle as to why wearing a pair of glasses—which improve vision impairment—is perceived as an indication of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication of old age.
Maybe it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to interact with technology.
The question is, when you look at someone using a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?
Here are 6 of the favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You enjoy living an active life
Most social situations and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time by yourself at home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore an indicator that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to allow hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an proactive, open-minded problem solver
When you’re confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to defeat them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or assert a stubborn denial of the problem—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like mini computers, complete with remarkable features like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it shows that you are on the cutting-edge of technology, prepared to experience the rewards that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have attributed hearing loss to serious medical conditions such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids indicates that you appreciate living an all-around healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a long, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You treasure your relationships
You recognize that the foundation for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss create a barrier between you and those you love.
Your relationships are just too significant to allow hearing loss to produce instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not attempting to keep hidden the reality that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to secure your own quality lifestyle.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported greater performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute shows that hearing aid users reported higher household income than those with untreated hearing loss.
What do hearing aids say about you?
What did we leave out? What would you add to the list?
There are numerous reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.