It remains a mystery as to why wearing eye glasses—which correct vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as a sign of old age.
Perhaps it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is reversed, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to interact with technology.
The question is, when you see someone using a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?
Here are 6 of the positive things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You love living an active life
Most social gatherings and activities demand healthy hearing, while hanging out 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 let hearing loss stop you 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 sustain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re open-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to treat it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like mini computers, equipped with remarkable capabilities like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By wearing a pair of modern hearing aids, it demonstrates that you are on the leading-edge of technology, set to reap the rewards that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to major medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps required for a long, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You understand that the groundwork 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 just too important 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 conceal the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to ensure your own quality of life.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported better performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute reveals 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.