Sustained Benefits of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are a common solution used for those with hearing loss or hearing conditions like tinnitus, but what are the benefits of wearing hearing aids?
The obvious advantage is, of course, being able to hear better. While hearing aids won’t restore your hearing completely to normal, they will be able to improve it significantly. It will be much easier to hear other people when they are speaking to you, and you will also regain the ability to hear noises you might normally struggle with, such as the doorbell ringing at home. You may also be able to enjoy the sounds of birds singing and the wind in the trees again too, which you have been missing out on before. Hearing aids can also help to improve your social, psychological and physical sense of well-being too. Hearing aids can greatly improve your quality of life in many ways.
Mental health and relationships
Wearing hearing aids can help to improve your mental health significantly. Feeling isolated and lonely is a big problem for many people with hearing loss, as they are unable to be part of the conversation with those around them. Being able to hear better what is going on around, you will mean you can process what other people say to you more quickly, which can improve relationships with your friends and family. If you don’t feel quite so isolated from your loved ones, you’re going to feel much better in yourself too. You will be more able to join in with social gatherings when they happen, as you’ll be able to hear what is going on, and will feel much more included.
The effort to hear or properly follow conversations without wearing hearing aids can be very mentally draining. With hearing aids, you won’t have to strain to hear as much, which should help you to feel less tired.
Hearing loss can make you feel quite vulnerable, even at home. Some patients worry about not being able to hear smoke, burglar or car alarms, or the sound of someone trying to break in. With hearing aids, you will be able to hear all these sounds, helping you to feel more confident, independent and secure in your own home.
In the workplace
If you aren’t finding it hard to hear thanks to hearing aids, your performance at work will be able to improve. You’ll be able to communicate more effectively with your co-workers if you can hear them, and will be better able to increase your social contacts in the office and with any customers or clients. Not being put off your work by having to work hard to hear what is going around you should also mean that you can concentrate better, meaning your job performance should improve without you having to work any harder.
For some patients, hearing aids can really help with conditions other than hearing loss. Tinnitus, which is a high pitched ringing or clicking noise in the ears, can also be helped by hearing aids. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss, so a hearing aid can not only improve this, but they can also reduce the annoyance of tinnitus. Ask your audiologist for suggestions for the right hearing aids to help with tinnitus.
Wearing hearing aids can massively improve your quality of life. As the technology that goes into hearing aids improves every year, the devices become smaller and even less obtrusive. Hearing aids can be much smaller now, which means that often people won’t even notice that you are wearing one. Some hearing aids now are even able to be connected via Bluetooth to your phone, which means that you’ll be better able to manage phone conversations, whether you like to have a regular call with family or you need to chat with the electricity company to change your bill.
Being able to hear better can give you back your independence and give you more confidence. Hearing aids are important for better mental health and for preventing isolation. Maintaining stronger relationships with your friends, family and colleagues will also help you to keep feeling like yourself and not like you’re cut off from the world. Hearing aids can help you to avoid loneliness and depression caused by feeling isolated.
An audiologist can help you to decide if a hearing aid is right for you, and what kind of hearing aid might be right for you. To learn more about The Hearing and Tinnitus Center, call us at 303-534-0163.