3 Ways Hearing Aids Improve Your Life
When it comes to hearing aids, the statistics can sometimes make for a difficult read. It is believed that less than one in five people who need these incredible devices actually use them. In addition, it can take up to ten years for people to seek treatment for hearing loss.
The above statistics are somewhat surprising, given the fact that hearing aids can greatly improve a person’s life in a number of ways. If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss – or suspect you may have the condition – then here are three ways that using hearing aids will improve your life.
1. Improved physical and mental health
Hearing loss has been associated with several physical and mental health concerns, including – but not limited to – the following:
- Cognitive decline and dementia
- Anxiety or stress
- A higher risk of trips and falls
However, all of the above concerns can be substantially mitigated with the use of hearing aids, allowing you to look forward to a brighter, healthier future.
2. Improved personal relationships
One of the often-overlooked impacts of hearing loss is the toll the condition can take on an individual’s personal relationships.
When a person is living with untreated hearing loss, socializing becomes very challenging. Following conversations, especially conversations with numerous participants, can become almost impossible and even simply going out for a meal with friends or family can be difficult due to the high level of background noise. Over time, many people with hearing loss begin to withdraw from social events due to the challenges they present, which can impact their relationships with their loved ones.
Wearing hearing aids, allows you to socialize as you always have, affirms your existing relationships and allows you to converse with your friends and family with ease.
3. Improved financial outlook
Numerous studies have found that hearing loss can have serious financial ramifications. This applies both to individuals, and to the American economy as a whole.
- Workers with hearing loss are more likely to lose their jobs and earn less than those with standard hearing capabilities.
- It is believed that the total cost to the economy related to wages lost due to hearing loss is $150 billion.
In addition to impacting earning potential, outgoings can also increase. One study concluded that those with untreated hearing loss incurred over $20,000 in extra health costs over the 10-year period of the study.
The above stats show that those with untreated hearing loss can experience a kind of pincer movement; they earn less, and they have higher outgoings.
Using hearing aids, however, can dramatically reduce or outright eliminate all of the issues discussed above. By working with an audiologist to find the right hearing aids for you, and using these on a daily basis, your economic outlook should greatly improve.
It is not hyperbole to state that hearing aids are genuinely life-changing – and as we have seen above, the positive influence of these miraculous devices can be felt across several areas of your life.