What’s the point of wearing hearing aids? More than likely it’s to hear better, right? Needless to say, that will be the majority of people’s reply. Helping your hearing is what a hearing aid is made to do.
But could there be an even more relevant motivation? What about staying in touch with people around us…in order to actually take part in discussions around us not just hear them. Our favorite music, the punchline of a joke or the key lines an important show are all things that hearing aids help us enjoy.
In other words, there are a variety of benefits, overlooked benefits, that come with using your hearing aids. And those less acknowledged benefits might be the difference between wearing your hearing aids on a daily basis or keeping them hidden away in a drawer somewhere. Certainly, these five under-appreciated benefits of hearing aids have earned their time in the spotlight.
So it’s not just that your hearing aid raises the volume of sounds. They make the sound sharper. The reason for this is that hearing decline doesn’t occur uniformly in both ears: certain frequencies go first. So a hearing aid will make the sounds all around you clearer and easier to understand.
Also, modern hearing aids have all sorts of settings that can be adjusted (or that can adjust themselves) depending on the room you’re in, the ambient volume of that room, etc. In order to allow you to hear more clearly, hearing aids selectively augment the volume of specific frequencies and leave others alone.
A More Dynamic Social Life
If the sounds around you are easier to understand, you’re more inclined to participate in social activity and that’s a huge boost. Just think about this, you’re less likely to join in with a witty joke at a crowded restaurant if you’re not able to hear the flow of conversation. But you will know exactly when to launch your hilarious retort when your ears are clear and crisp and so are the voices around you.
Social situations become less of a chore when you don’t have to ask people to repeat themselves and voices sound cleaner and clearer; instead, socialization goes back to being something you can enjoy again.
A huge part of your mental resources are used up trying to decipher the chaos when you are struggling to hear. You will need to redirect such a large amount of your mental energy towards making sense of confused or partial audio information that your total concentration takes a dip. Whether you’re are watching TV, reading the news, or doing your taxes, your attentiveness will be much better if you are wearing hearing aids that are working properly.
Research indicates that individuals with untreated hearing loss have an increased risk of falling. There are a couple of ways that hearing aids can help protect you against a fall. The first is by preventing falls from the beginning. It’s easier to take steps without tripping on something when you have improved concentration (and therefore be less exhausted mentally.) Second, some hearing aids have automated tech that activates when the wearer has a fall. In the event of a fall, friends, family, or emergency services can be called automatically.
It’s not simply your concentration that gets better when you use your hearing aids. You also get a mental improvement too. When you begin to separate yourself because you’re having a difficult time hearing, the pathways in your brain, responsible for interpreting sounds, can start to atrophy (pretty much, it’s an involved process that we’re simplifying for the sake of time). Your mood, self esteem, and overall mental health will be considerably improved by wearing a hearing aid.
Get The Advantages Now Instead of Later
So if you’ve recognized that your hearing has started to diminish, there’s nothing to gain from taking a slow approach. Hearing aids can give both immediate and enduring results. So contact our hearing care professionals and get a hearing exam now.