Even when it’s relatively minor, hearing loss can have a huge impact on your life. There will be a considerable change in the way you communicate with loved ones, friends, and coworkers. Daily tasks like going to the supermarket can become more difficult. But it doesn’t need to have this kind of negative affect on you. If you use a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a big difference.
Most people usually think of those advantages in a very linear sort of way: Hearing aids help you hear better. And that’s not untrue. But how do hearing aids enhance quality of life? What further advantages will hearing aids create?
Hearing aid’s top ten benefits
We people just love making top ten lists. When you got up today, did you think you’d be reading a top ten list about hearing aids? Well, perhaps you did if you’ve been coping with your hearing loss for a while.
So here are the top ten advantages of using hearing aids.
1. You will have better relationships.
For any relationship to be strong, good communication is essential. But communication can be difficult when you have untreated hearing loss. With hearing aids, you’ll finally hear more than little bits of conversation. You’ll hear everything, you’ll get the full story, and you’ll be able to keep up with the conversation.
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 you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. There is a strong connection between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll be more independent
When you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss, activities like shopping or eating out can be a real ordeal. Attempting 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 use hearing aids. You can navigate much more independently.
You’ll also be better able to drive safely. That’s because your general situational awareness will be increased by your hearing aids. When you hear more of the world, you’ll be capable of doing more by yourself, and you’ll be able to do it with less anxiety.
3. You might make more money
Think about this hypothetical scenario: 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 passed promotions or even dicey job prospects.
With your hearing aids securely 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 a chance to raise your income by increasing your ability to focus on work.
4. You’ll have reduced tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is one of those things that the majority of people have experienced at times; it’s that buzzing or ringing in your ear. When you suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus can usually be felt much more powerfully (there are a number of explanations for this, sometimes the tinnitus is only relatively louder because everything else is so quiet, for example).
With a hearing aid, many individuals observe that they experience decreased tinnitus symptoms. The louder overall outside sound provided by the hearing aid could be, in some cases, simply drowning out the tinnitus symptoms. But we will take relief whenever we can, right?
5. Less chance of developing dementia
There is a firm link between mental decline and hearing loss. For example, neglected hearing loss can significantly raise your chance of developing dementia. There are many theories about why this may be, but the bottom line is that managing your hearing loss seems to be helpful! That’s why it’s essential to be sure you use your hearing aids. You could be helping the health of your brain!
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
When you suffer from hearing loss music is harder to hear clearly. That’s because hearing loss tends to impact one frequency of sound first, then another. Maybe you’re unable to hear low frequencies, for instance. The music you used to like, consequently, may sound… different.
With your hearing aids, however, those missing holes 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 just one or the other (or a garbled mess). It can be an amazing relief to hear your favorite band again.
7. Your confidence will improve
Your confidence will be enhanced when you can hear better and have more effective interactions. And who doesn’t want confidence?
We’re not implying that you shouldn’t have confidence simply because you have hearing loss. We’re just saying that you may 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
If your hearing loss has been slowly developing, your brain has probably been working harder. That’s because your brain doesn’t recognize your ears aren’t working correctly, so it’s continuously trying to fill in the audio holes that your hearing loss has produced. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is working (and strained) almost all the time.
When you get a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to slow down and refresh. It will have less work to do. With this, continuous exhaustion 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 aware of your surroundings
If your hearing loss is recent, you might not yet have fully adapted. You’re used to being able to hear oncoming traffic before you step out into the street. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would normally hear the oncoming sirens.
You may assume 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.
Hearing aids will help reestablish that lost awareness. Your decision making will be wiser and safer.
10. You will set a good example!
Change can be tough, and personal growth harder still. You’re acknowledging that things aren’t working effectively now when you invest in a hearing aid. But you’re bettering yourself too.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the sort of thing we should all strive for! So you’re becoming a role model and a positive example when you wear your hearing aids. You should be proud of yourself.
Get your hearing checked as soon as you can
The primary advantage of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That goes without saying. But as you can tell, there are lots of immediate advantages of hearing aids! This top ten list is only that, one little list of just ten of these benefits.
Your top ten list might look a little different. Making an appointment with us for a hearing assessment is the first step no matter what benefits you look forward to.