It remains a puzzle as to why wearing 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.
Perhaps it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is reversed, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to interact with technology.
The question is, when you see 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 alone in your 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 permit hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an open-minded, proactive problem solver
When you’re faced with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to overcome them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or retain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to treat it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like small computers, complete with amazing capabilities like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By wearing a pair of modern hearing aids, it illustrates that you are on the leading-edge of technology, ready to reap the benefits that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have linked hearing loss to significant medical ailments such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you appreciate living an all-around healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a lengthy, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You treasure your relationships
You know that the groundwork for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss erect a barrier between you and the people you love.
Your relationships are simply too important 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 hide the reality that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to ensure your own quality lifestyle.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported better performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute reveals that hearing aid users reported higher household income than those with untreated hearing loss.
What do hearing aids say about you?
What did we forget? What would you include in the list?
There are many reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.