It remains a mystery as to why wearing a pair of glasses—which improve vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which treat hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication of old age.
Perhaps it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to work together with technology.
The question is, when you see 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 by yourself at 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 permit hearing loss hold you back 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 sit 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 practical enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like mini computers, complete with exceptional features like wireless connectivity, 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, ready to reap the rewards that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have attributed hearing loss to serious medical conditions such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids indicates that you appreciate living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for an extended, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You understand that the foundation for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss erect a barrier between you and the people you love.
Your relationships are just too significant to allow hearing loss to produce instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the hassle of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not trying to keep hidden the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to ensure your own quality lifestyle.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported greater 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 add to the list?
There are many reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.