Stigma About Using Hearing Aids Subsiding

Man feeling more confident about wearing his hearing aids at work now that stigma around hearing aids is waning.

In the past, hearing aids have carried a stigma. Some people simply link them with getting old. What is the consequence?

Many people, both old and young, forgo hearing aids and suffer unnecessarily from hearing loss, which itself is linked to a number of health concerns. This is backed up by the numbers: 30 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss, yet only around 15 percent of that group has ever used a hearing aid.

In addition, younger people are suffering from hearing loss in larger numbers than they ever have: a WHO report from 2015 forecasted that 1.1 billion teens and young adults would injure their hearing permanently due to over the top use of headphones and extremely loud music festivals.

Still, advancing technology and changing perceptions have started to frame hearing aids in a new light, and people are beginning to look at them in a similar way they view eye-glasses.

If You Need Hearing Aids, You Should Use Them, This Is Why

There are a lots of reasons why you should use hearing aids, some of them obvious and some of them surprising.

Here are several of the most common reasons:

  • You can minimize tinnitus symptoms
  • Social activities will be more pleasant
  • You’re able to hear better (As noted, there were some obvious ones on the list)
  • You’ll have the ability to earn more money
  • Conversations will be a lot smoother
  • You won’t have to crank the TV or music up
  • You’re brain won’t need to work as hard

Are these reasons sounding beneficial to you? Some benefit can be gained by wearing hearing aids even for individuals with mild hearing loss.

What many people don’t know is that hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, mental health issues, and conditions like Alzheimers disease and dementia.

Studies point to a few different reasons why this may occur, including that the brain becomes overtaxed and overtired because it’s always attempting to comprehend sounds. It’s possible that the brain cells shrink and die because they don’t receive enough stimulus, or it may be because of the number one cause of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues which is social isolation.

By letting you hear words and sounds near you more clearly, hearing aids can help alleviate these issues. Your brain won’t have to utilize additional resources and will be capable of processing sounds in a normal way, while you’ll gain the confidence and ability to enjoy social experiences and conversations again.

Hearing Aids Have Developed in Technology

By now it should be obvious why people of all ages should wear hearing aids if they require them. Now it’s time to learn how hearing aids have advanced in the past few years.

If really want one of those big over the ear hearing aids, you can still get one. They also have advanced to the point that they can figure out where sound is coming from and can filter out sound effectively. However, there are more modern versions of hearing aids that are nearly invisible, yet pack quite a lot of technology to work with today’s digital world.

Would you like to sync your hearing aid to your smartphone, tablet, tv, or even your car’s navigation system? Most modern hearing aids have Bluetooth technology so you’re in luck. There are even higher-end versions that can stream music, track your physical activity, and automatically take and make phone calls for you. Smart hearing aids are becoming a must for anyone who has hearing loss because much like your smartphone or smartwatch, they’re simply created to do more. So now that you’re ready to manage your hearing loss and start using a hearing aid, contact us for an appointment and hearing assessment.

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