It remains a puzzle as to why wearing eye glasses—which treat 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.
Maybe it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to collaborate with technology.
The question is, when you look at someone wearing 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 love living an active life
Most social situations and activities demand healthy hearing, while hanging out alone in your home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a signal that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to allow hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an open-minded, proactive problem solver
When you’re confronted with difficult problems or obstacles, you find ways to overcome them. You don’t wait around feeling sorry for yourself or defend a stubborn denial of the problem—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like miniature computers, complete with incredible features 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, prepared to experience 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 severe medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids illustrates that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a lengthy, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You recognize that the foundation 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 important to permit hearing loss to create instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not attempting to cover up the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to ensure your own quality of life.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported greater 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 forget? What would you include in the list?
There are countless 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.