It remains a mystery as to why wearing eye glasses—which treat vision impairment—is perceived as an indication of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication of old age.
Maybe it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to work together with technology.
The question is, when you see someone using a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?
Here are 6 of the favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You enjoy living an active life
Most social situations and activities demand healthy hearing, while spending time alone in your home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore an indicator that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to allow hearing loss hold you back from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an proactive, open-minded problem solver
When you’re faced with difficult problems or obstacles, you find ways to overcome them. You don’t wait around feeling sorry for yourself or retain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like tiny computers, furnished with remarkable features like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By wearing a pair of modern hearing aids, it illustrates that you are on the leading-edge of technology, prepared to reap the advantages that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to significant medical ailments such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a long, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You understand that the framework for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss create a barrier between you and those you love.
Your relationships are simply too significant to allow hearing loss to create occasions of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not attempting to hide the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to secure your own quality lifestyle.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported enhanced performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute shows that hearing aid users reported higher household income than those with untreated hearing loss.
What do hearing aids say about you?
What did we leave out? What would you include in the list?
There are numerous reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.