Even when it’s fairly minor, hearing loss can have a big impact on your life. The way you connect with friends, coworkers, and loved ones can change substantially. Everyday activities like going to the supermarket can become more challenging. But it doesn’t need to have this type of negative impact on you. If you utilize a well adjusted hearing aid, it can make a huge difference.
Hearing aids help you hear better, and that’s typically how most individuals think of them. And that’s true. But how is the quality of life improved? What further benefits will hearing aids deliver?
Hearing aid’s top ten advantages
We people just love making top ten lists. I bet you didn’t think you would be reading a top ten list about hearing aids when you woke up this morning. Well, maybe you did if you’ve been coping with your hearing loss for a while.
So, what are the top ten benefits linked to wearing your hearing aid? Here they are!
1. You will have better relationships.
For any relationship to be great, strong communication is essential. But communication can be problematic when you have neglected hearing loss. But when you use hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the entire conversation without losing anything. You’ll be able to follow along with the conversation and get the whole story.
This also means you won’t feel excluded from the conversation, and you won’t feel resentful that the conversations carry on without you. So you will have an improvement in your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. There is a strong link between relationships and hearing aids!
2. You’ll be more independent
Shopping at the grocery store or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss can be an ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be challenging when you can’t hear very well. But with a pair of hearing aids, the entire process suddenly becomes a lot easier. You can navigate much more independently.
Driving will also be less hazardous. That’s because your overall situational awareness will be enhanced by your hearing aids. 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 with less anxiety.
3. Stronger hearing may lead to higher income
Let’s throw out a hypothetical: if you’re attending a meeting at work and miss half of what’s discussed, you might not do your job quite as well. This can lead to diminished job prospects and being passed-up for promotions.
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. This can increase your focus on work and put you in a better position to increase your income.
4. You’ll have reduced tinnitus symptoms
Tinnitus is that buzzing or ringing in the ear that the majority of us have experienced occasionally. Tinnitus symptoms will frequently be more extreme and frequent with hearing loss (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 note that they experience diminished tinnitus symptoms. In these instances, that’s because the hearing aid is overpowering the sound of the tinnitus. But relief is relief.
5. Less chance of developing dementia
Hearing impairment and cognitive decline are strongly connected. For instance, neglected hearing loss can significantly elevate your chance of developing dementia. There are many hypotheses about why this may be, but the end result is that managing your hearing loss seems to be helpful! That’s why it isn’t a good idea to forget to put in your hearing aid. You could be helping your brain health!
6. Music can once again be enjoyed
It’s difficult to appreciate music, in its full entirety, when you suffer from hearing impairment. That’s because hearing loss tends to effect one wavelength of sound first, then another. For example, you might be unable to hear low frequencies. As a result, the song you once enjoyed may just sound… strange.
You will be able to enjoy music again with your hearing aids replacing missing sound. You’ll get the high notes and the low notes, instead of only one or the other (or a garbled mess). It can be a great relief to hear your favorite song again.
7. You’ll get an increase in confidence
Having better hearing and interacting more completely will boost your confidence. And confidence is a great thing.
This isn’t to say that hearing loss should rob you of your confidence. 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 interactions easier again. And when that takes place, confidence will improve.
8. You’ll have more energy
Your brain is probably working extra hard if your hearing loss is gradually advancing. The audio gaps that your hearing loss is creating will try to be filled in by your brain because it doesn’t know that your ears aren’t functioning. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is working (and strained) almost all the time.
Your brain gets to recharge and unwind when you use a hearing aid. It will have less work to accomplish. Which means you won’t feel so continuously tired and depleted. You’ll have more vitality to do the things you love to do!
9. You’ll be safer and more aware of your environment
You might not have adjusted to your hearing loss, especially if it’s new. You’re used to hearing traffic before you step out into the road. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would ordinarily hear the oncoming sirens.
If your hearing loss is recent, or you aren’t conscious of it, you may presume that some situations are safe when they really aren’t. That can put you in some very unsafe situations.
This lost awareness will be recovered by using hearing aids. So you’ll be able to make wiser, less dangerous decisions.
10. You will set a good example!
Change can be difficult, and personal growth still harder. When you get a hearing aid, you’re admitting that something isn’t necessarily working right anymore. But you’re improving yourself as well.
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the type of thing we should all work for! So you’re acting as a role model and a positive example when you use your hearing aids. You should be proud of yourself.
Have your hearing tested 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 lots 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 scheduling an appointment with us to have your hearing tested.