Did you know that one in five Americans report some degree of hearing loss?
Yet despite this prevalence, only about 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them.
It’s surprising, especially since today’s hearing technology is more effective than ever before in correcting hearing loss, and offers features that allow you to pick up your cell phone from across the room – without leaving your couch – or stream your favorite programs straight into your devices at your preferred volume.
But it’s not just the features that are worth checking out. Research shows that hearing aids can help you improve your physical health, social life, and even your career. Take a look at six of the top benefits of using hearing aids to help correct hearing loss.
1. Hearing aids help boost your self-confidence
With hearing aids, settings that are typically challenging—like restaurants, parties, and social events—become much easier (and more fun) for hearing aid users. Studies show that hearing aid users have greater self-confidence in their day-to-day lives, helping them feel happier overall than people with hearing loss who don’t use hearing aids.
2. They do the heavy lifting for your brain
Straining to hear and understand others can cause your brain to work double-time to keep up, which can deplete your cognitive reserves. In fact, untreated hearing loss has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fortunately, research from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that hearing aid use can keep your mental functions healthy for longer. Today’s hearing technology helps lighten your cognitive load by amplifying sounds your ears normally strain to hear, and seamlessly adjusting to different noise environments.
3. They can help you earn more
Communication is essential in many jobs, and 60 percent of all people with hearing loss are in the workforce or educational settings. Untreated hearing loss can reduce annual earnings by as much as $12,000.
4. They keep you connected to your favorite activities
Working, traveling, spending time with your family – healthy hearing makes it easier to stay connected to all the things you love. Diagnosing and addressing your hearing loss as early as possible is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you want to keep up your active lifestyle.
You now have more options than ever in terms of style, price, and functionality. Many hearing aids adjust automatically to different surroundings and can be inserted directly into the ear canal so that they remain invisible to others. Additionally, you can choose from options that are dust-proof, sweat-resistant, waterproof, and technology that offers Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to stream television and telephone audio straight to your device.
5. They strengthen relationships
Many benefits of relationships are subtle, but can have a big impact on your health. Clear hearing allows you to enjoy all the benefits that come with a vibrant social life, including increased relationship satisfaction. Something as simple as an uplifting conversation with a friend at the beginning of your day could inspire you to participate in physical activity, make healthier dietary choices, or engage more proactively in your other social relationships throughout your week.
6. Hearing aids can help you tune into the sounds that help you de-stress
Experiencing a fuller spectrum of noises isn’t just enjoyable – it’s good for your health. Sounds you may not have heard in a long time like birds singing, door bells chiming, the rush of a stream or a gentle summer breeze become audible to you with the help of hearing aids. Research shows that making time to listen to calming sounds – like those that can be heard outdoors – decreases stress levels by helping you relax.
As a part of Better Hearing and Speech month, Connect Hearing is offering FREE evaluations throughout May. Contact us at (281) 671-9626 or visit ConnectHearing.com today to book your FREE appointment and enjoy nationally-recognized care and premium, affordable technology. This month, it’s on us!