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How Wearing Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Life in Small But Meaningful Ways
Are you one of the 15 million people living with hearing loss in the United States who is reluctant to seek professional medical help? If so, you may be surprised exactly how much you're missing out on. While it's understandable to feel self conscious or frustrated at the onset of hearing loss, the benefits of wearing a hearing aid greatly outweigh any initial reluctance or discomfort.
Assistive listening devices such as traditional and digital hearing aids are a lot like glasses; you feel annoyed or frustrated that you need them, but once you wear them, you'll wonder why you didn't seek help sooner! Just as glasses can help to restore your vision and make you feel more connected to the world, the benefits of hearing aids extend far beyond improved hearing.
Those who suffer from hearing loss or related conditions such as tinnitus or ringing ears can still lead healthy, active lifestyles with the proper treatment, which includes wearing listening devices such as hearing aids. In addition to clearer hearing, wearing hearing aids can improve your life in several other ways. Read on to find out more!
Here's how assistive listening devices can enhance your life aside from better hearing.
Improved personal and romantic relationships
Have you ever been misjudged as rude or standoffish simply because you couldn't clearly hear what someone was saying? Or perhaps you didn't even hear them at all! Hearing loss doesn't just affect you, but it also affects those around you, especially those you care about, those you work with, and those you interact with in your day to day life. Being able to hear clearly can help to dramatically improve your personal relationships, especially your professional and romantic relationships by creating a sense of connectedness.
Increased self confidence
Having impaired hearing can have a negative impact on your self esteem, causing you to feel and act unlike your usual self. You may find that you're less outgoing than usual, more guarded, and you even feel left out or irritable. While these feelings are normal, you can eliminate them by using assistive listening devices such as hearing aids. By wearing a hearing aid, you can engage in social situations with confidence and peace of mind.
Better academic and professional performance
Difficulty hearing can negatively impact both academic and professional performance. It's common for those who live with untreated hearing loss to experience challenges in school and work, making it hard to perform well. This struggle can eventually lead to a decrease in performance, and may even result in decreased earning potential, according to a 2007 study by the Better Hearing Institute.
Safety and security
Clear hearing also means improved personal safety. Whether your jogging outdoors, driving, working outside, or just enjoying life, hearing is essential to staying safe. Being able to clearly hear sirens, shouting, commotion, and other sounds of caution can empower you to take the appropriate measures.