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Hearing loss can seriously effect the way you live, even when it’s mild. The way you interact with friends, coworkers, and family members can change drastically. It can become difficult to perform daily tasks like going shopping. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. Quite the opposite, a well calibrated set of hearing aids can make a big difference.

Hearing aids improve your ability to hear, and that’s generally how most people think of them. 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 amazing, isn’t it, how we can so often produce top ten lists for everything? When you woke 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. Your relationships will improve

Great communication is crucial to any great relationship. But when you have untreated hearing loss, communication can be a real challenge. But when you wear hearing aids, you’ll be capable of hearing the entire conversation without losing anything. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversation and get the entire story.

You won’t be resentful and feel left out of conversations. So your overall relationships, amongst your friends, co-workers, and family members, will improve. The link between hearing aids and relationships is a strong one!

2. You’ll have greater independence

Shopping at the grocery store or going to a restaurant when you’re dealing with neglected hearing loss can feel like an ordeal. Attempting to communicate with wait staff and cashiers can be challenging when you can’t hear that well. But with a pair of hearing aids, the entire process quickly becomes a lot easier. You can get around much more independently.

You’ll also be in a better position to drive safely. That’s because your hearing aids will improve your overall situational awareness (more on that later). You will be less anxious about doing things without help when you’re able to hear the world more clearly.

3. Stronger hearing may result in higher pay

Let’s throw out a hypothetical: if you’re losing large parts of what’s being talked about during meetings at work, your job performance will suffer. This can result in diminished job opportunities and being passed-up for promotions.

With your hearing aids firmly in place and working correctly, you’ll be able to keep up with meetings, and you won’t be as tired all the time from struggling to hear. By doing this you can have an opportunity to boost your income by improving your ability to focus on work.

4. Your tinnitus symptoms will decrease

Tinnitus is that ringing or buzzing in the ear that the majority of us have experienced occasionally. Tinnitus symptoms will usually be more intense and frequent with hearing loss (tinnitus is sometimes more noticeable with hearing loss simply because everything else is quieter, but there may also be other reasons too).

Many people observe that their tinnitus symptoms ease up when they wear a hearing aid. In these instances, that’s because the hearing aid is drowning out the sound of the tinnitus. But we will take relief where we can get it, right?

5. Less chance of developing dementia

There is a solid link between mental decline and hearing loss. Your chance of developing dementia can be seriously increased by neglecting hearing loss, for instance. There are many hypotheses about why this might be, but the end result is that treating your hearing loss seems to help! That’s why it isn’t a good idea to forget to wear your hearing aid. You could be helping the health of your brain!

6. You can enjoy music again

It’s difficult to appreciate music, in its whole entirety, when you have hearing loss. That’s because hearing loss tends to effect one wavelength of sound first, then another. Maybe you can’t hear low frequencies, for instance. The music you used to like, as a result, might sound… different.

With your hearing aids, however, those missing gaps in the music will be filled in, and you can appreciate music again! You’ll hear all of the wavelengths and your music won’t sound so muffled. It can be an incredible relief to hear your favorite tune again.

7. You’ll get a boost of confidence

Your confidence will be boosted when you can hear better and have more successful interactions. And confidence is a great thing.

We’re not implying that you shouldn’t have confidence just because you deal with hearing loss. It’s just that, particularly if that hearing loss is recent, you might suddenly find it difficult to interact with people in the same ways you usually do.

A hearing aid can make those connections easier again. And when that happens, confidence will improve.

8. Your energy will be higher

If your hearing loss has been slowly progressing, your brain has likely been working harder. That’s because your brain doesn’t recognize your ears aren’t working right, so it’s constantly attempting to fill in the audio gaps that your hearing loss has produced. That’s… a lot of work! And it means that your brain is working (and strained) almost continuously.

When you invest in a hearing aid, you’re giving your brain an opportunity to slow down and recharge. It will have less work to do. Which means you won’t feel so consistently tired and depleted. You’ll enjoy doing the things that are exciting for you with this enhanced energy.

9. Being more mindful of your surroundings will keep you safer

You may not have adjusted to your hearing loss, particularly if it’s new. Usually, you would hear approaching traffic before you step out into the street. Before you look in your rearview mirror, you would ordinarily 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 really aren’t. That can put you in some very dangerous scenarios.

Hearing aids will help reestablish that lost awareness. So you’ll be capable of making wiser, safer choices.

10. You’ll be a positive example!

The one thing that can be even more challenging than change is personal growth. You’re acknowledging that things aren’t working properly now when you get a hearing aid. 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 when you pop in your hearing aids, you’re setting yourself up as a positive example and role model. (It’s fine, you can blush a bit, you deserve it.)

Have your hearing checked as soon as you can

The main benefit of hearing aids is that you get to experience hearing better. That one’s obvious. But there are plenty of advantages to using hearing aids. This top ten list is certainly not exhaustive.

Your top ten list might look a little different. No matter what benefits you look forward to the most, the first step is scheduling an appointment with us to have your hearing tested.

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