What’s the point of wearing hearing aids? More than likely it’s to hear better, right? Well, yeah, for most people that’s going to be the reply. Improving your hearing is what a hearing aid is made to do.
But that’s not the actual motivation for wearing them. What about staying connected to people in our lives…so we can not only hear interactions, but also take part in them. The key lines from our favorite show, our favorite music, or the punchline of a joke are all things that hearing aids help us enjoy.
In other words, there are all kinds of benefits, under-appreciated advantages, that come with wearing your hearing aids. And those less acknowledged boons could be the difference between wearing your hearing aids every day or leaving them tucked away in a drawer somewhere. So we can be sure that these benefits deserve to be highlighted.
Your hearing aids don’t simply make sounds louder. They also make the sound clearer. The reason for this is that your hearing doesn’t deteriorate evenly: you may lose specific frequencies in one ear before you lose those same frequencies in the other. So a hearing aid can make the sounds near you clearer and easier to perceive.
Additionally, contemporary hearing aids have all sorts of settings that can be altered (or that can adjust themselves) based on the room you’re in, the ambient volume of that room, and so on. So that you are able to hear more clearly, hearing aids precisely increase the volume of particular frequencies while leaving others untouched.
Social Life That is More Active And Enriching
The considerable benefit is that if you can hear the sounds near you more distinctly, you will feel more relaxed engaging in social pursuits. Think about it this way: when you’re incapable of following the discussion at a packed (and noisy) restaurant, you’re not as likely to chime in with a joke. But when your hearing aids are doing the heavy lifting for your ears and all the voices are nice and crisp, you’ll know exactly when to jump in with your humorous joke.
Social situations are less of a chore when you don’t need to keep asking people to repeat themselves and voices are crisper and clearer; instead, socialization goes back to being something you can enjoy again.
Having Better Concentration
A huge part of your brain’s resources are devoted to trying to decipher the chaos when you are struggling to hear. Your entire concentration is weakened when that amount of mental effort is going into interpreting distorted and partial audio. So when your hearing aids are performing properly, you can find yourself focusing with far greater ease, whether you’re working on your taxes, listening to the news, or watching TV.
You Will be Safer
Studies have shown that people with untreated loss of hearing have a higher risk of falling down. There are a couple of ways in which hearing aids can help with fall protection. The first is by preventing falls in the first place. When you are able to concentrate better (and, hence, you’re less mentally fatigued), it’s less difficult to move your feet around without stumbling over something. Next, many hearing aids have automated technology that activates when the wearer experiences a fall. This technology can easily be set up to contact friends, family, or emergency services if a fall happens.
An Improvement in Cognitive Awareness
It’s not simply your focus that improves when you wear your hearing aids. You also get a cognitive improvement too. When you start to segregate yourself because you have a difficult time hearing, the pathways in your brain, which are responsible for interpreting sounds, can begin to atrophy (essentially, it’s an involved process that we’re simplifying to save time). Your mood, self esteem, and general mental health will be greatly improved by wearing a hearing aid.
Why Wait to Get The Benefits?
So if you’ve observed that your hearing has begun to decline, there’s nothing to gain from taking a slow approach. Hearing aids can offer both instant and lasting advantages. So call our hearing care experts and get a hearing examination today.