Most people associate hearing loss and hearing aids with old people. Those who require the assistance of hearing aids, who are battling this stigma, can find encouragement in a 2011 study at John Hopkins showing that more than 65% of those with a hearing loss were under the age of 65. Modern micro-digital technology has made it possible to create smaller discrete units with increased dependability and seamless integration with other electronic devices, making it nearly impossible to know that someone is wearing hearing aids. More important than these bits of encouragement is the fact that the many benefits of wearing hearing aids far outweigh the few downsides. Here are four of the top benefits of using hearing aids.
Those with a hearing loss often feel broken and worthless. Many see themselves as a burden to others, they tend to withdraw from people, and sink into depression. Hearing aids help eliminate the need to ask people to repeat themselves, decrease dependency on others to understand, and communicate critical information and allow users to stay involved in what’s going on. They help overcome feelings of brokenness, drawing people out of their depression, and increasing self-worth.
Closely associated with eliminating depression and increasing self-worth is the benefit of greater independence. Rather than relying on others to help with communication, hearing aids provide the capacity to engage in the important tasks of daily living, such as banking, doctor appointments, shopping, and dining, as well as providing the confidence to attend social events or enjoy a night out with loved ones.
Isolation, depression, worthlessness, and dependence on others put a strain on relationships. Not only does hearing loss decrease clear communications, but it also adds to feelings of resentment, because those with decreased hearing can’t stay up-to-date with family, friends, and co-workers or follow instructions. Hearing aids overcome these issues by reestablishing clear communication, restoring damaged relationships, and drawing people together.
Decreased Cognitive Decline
Most people are not aware that hearing loss contributes to dementia and other forms of cognitive decline. In the same way that muscles in the body atrophy when not in use, so does the portion of the brain responsible for processing sound in a person who suffers from hearing loss without treatment. Hearing aids keep the sound processing portion of the brain engaged and active, holding off dementia and early cognitive decline.
The stigma of wearing hearing aids is decreasing thanks to modern technology and improved awareness of how the positive benefits of wearing hearing aids are of much greater value than the few disadvantages. Hearing aids decrease cognitive decline, restore damaged relationships, encourage greater independence, and increase self-worth in those who require help for hearing loss. Our staff at Hearing At Home understands your struggles and we are eager to provide the help you need to bring your quality of life back to normal and keep it there. Contact us to learn more about the compassionate hearing care solutions we provide or to schedule a hearing test in Richmond and the surrounding communities today.