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Man feeling more confident about wearing his hearing aids at work now that stigma around hearing aids is waning.

In the past, hearing aids have had a stigma. If you wear one, people may think of you as old. The result?

Many people of all ages put themselves in danger of a number of health concerns because they forgo getting hearing aids and decide to deal with hearing loss. The numbers back this up: 30 million individuals in the US suffering from hearing loss, yet only about 15 percent of that group has ever used a hearing aid.

In addition, the youth are suffering from hearing loss in larger numbers than they ever have: a WHO report from 2015 predicted that 1.1 billion teens and young adults would injure their hearing permanently due to over the top use of headphones and extremely loud music festivals.

However, changing attitudes and advanced technology have given hearing aids a new outlook, and soon they’ll be in the same class as eye-glasses – and contact lenses, for that matter.

Why You Should Wear Hearing Aids

There are a lots of reasons why you should wear hearing aids, some of them obvious and some of them surprising.

Here are a few of the most common reasons:

  • You’ll boost your earning power
  • Social activities will be more satisfying
  • You can hear better (As we said, there were some obvious ones on this list)
  • Conversations will be a lot easier
  • You won’t have to crank the TV or music up
  • You’ll give your brain a break
  • You can decrease tinnitus symptoms

Are these reasons sounding good to you? Even somebody with slight hearing damage can find some advantage from using hearing aids.

What many people don’t know is that hearing loss is linked to mental decline, mental health problems, and conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

This may occur for a number of different reasons according to recent studies, this involves the overworking of the brain as it struggles to comprehend sounds that it hears. It’s possible that the brain cells shrink and die because they don’t get enough stimulation, or it may be because of the number one cause of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues which is social isolation.

By letting you hear words and sounds around you more clearly, hearing aids can help lessen these problems. Your brain won’t have to make use of extra resources and will be able to process sounds in a normal way, while you’ll gain the confidence and ability to find enjoyment in social activities and conversations again.

Hearing Aids Have Developed in Technology

We told you why it’s important for anybody with hearing loss, young or old, to use hearing aids. Now it’s time to learn how hearing aids have progressed in the last few years.

If really want one of those large over the ear hearing aids, you can still get one. They also have progressed to the point that they can figure out where sound is originating from and can filter out sound effectively. However, there are more modern versions of hearing aids that have advanced technology which makes it easy for them to work with today’s digital environment and are nearly invisible.

Is syncing your hearing aids up with your Bluetooth devices like your television, smartphone, or tablet something you would want to do? Then you’re in luck since many modern hearing aids have Bluetooth technology that permits them to connect to a variety of devices. There are even higher-end versions that can stream music, track your physical activity, and automatically take and make phone calls for you. Hearing aids nowadays are made to do more – just like your smartphone and smartwatch, smart hearing aids will become a must-have accessory for anyone who has hearing impairment. Are you ready to tackle hearing loss and get yourself a hearing aid? Consult with us to find out what type of hearing aid will be the right one for you.

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