The majority of people, whether young or old, will experience a hearing loss at some point in their lives. It is better to come to terms with this undeniable truth than to suffer in silence. However, some do just that, worrying that hearing aids are a hassle to use and/or fearing what others will think about you wearing one.
I don’t want my patients to suffer in silence. I want them to live the kind of lifestyle they choose to live without the limitations of a hearing loss. A recent Greek study agrees with me, demonstrating that hearing aids have a significant positive impact on quality of life, making their benefits far outweigh any frustrations.
Modern hearing aids have greatly improved in both aesthetic quality and performance capabilities. An investment in hearing aids is an investment in improving your quality of life. Here are some of the advantages my patients have realized from wearing hearing aids.
Building Stronger Relationships
Communication plays a significant role in building strong relationships. Background noise in a busy restaurant or noise from the street is not only a distraction, but it also prevents those with a hearing loss from keeping up with the conversation. Missing a word here and there during a phone conversation also leads to frustration. Frustration leads to misunderstandings or the avoidance of social situations, straining, or causing severe damage to relationships.
Hearing aids facilitate better communication by making it easier to catch every word of a conversation, reducing frustrations, and allowing you to keep up with the lives of those who matter to you the most.
Improving Your Intelligence
Hearing loss leads to atrophy in the auditory zone of your brain, contributing to a decreased capacity to decipher sound signals, a blockage of neural pathways, and increased mental fatigue. In addition, social avoidance contributes to decreasing cognitive function.
Wearing hearing aids help to improve your intelligence. A University of Texas at El Paso study provides substantial evidence that those who use hearing aids test higher in various areas of cognitive functioning, communicative functioning, self-esteem, and emotional intelligence than those who choose not to wear one.
Enhancing Your Lifestyle
When they envision hearing aids, most people think of those old cumbersome devices of yesteryear, which created high-pitched squeals for no apparent reason. Wearing one of those bulky things could do extreme damage to a person’s social life. Although they were undoubtedly better than nothing at, all, old-style hearing aids put limits on your lifestyle.
Hearing aids have changed just like cell phones. Innovations in micro-digital technology have improved the performance, weight, and size of modern hearing aids. Improvements in material technology also make them more comfortable to wear and only visible to people who know you are wearing them. Additionally, connectivity options make it easier to adjust your device using your smartphone, improve phone conversations, and so much more to enhance your lifestyle and keep you engaged with the world around you.
Making Life More Fun
Straining, headaches, ringing in your ears, fatigue, and frustration are anything but fun. Missing conversations due to background noise or difficulty while talking on the phone leads to withdrawal from social settings, limiting your interactions with others. The absence of the wind whistling through the trees, chirping crickets, and the sweet songs of birds are things that take away from enjoying life as well.
Hearing aids bring back all of life’s simple pleasures, making it more enjoyable to interact with others. In essence, the ability to take part in social gatherings, understand phone conversations, and enjoy those little things in life makes living more fun.
I don’t want you to suffer in silence. I want you to be independent and enjoy the lifestyle you choose. An investment into hearing aids can help you to realize that better quality of life you desire. My associates and I at Berkeley Hearing Center are eager to provide everything you need to hear better, including advanced technology hearing aids as well as the assessments, fitting, tech support, and follow up necessary to help you to get the most out of your hearing aids.
Contact us to learn more about the hearing aid options available at Berkeley Hearing Center, or request a callback to have your questions answered or to set up an appointment.