6 Ways Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Quality of Life
One in six Australians experiences hearing loss. However, only one in five people who would benefit from a hearing aid use one.
Hearing aids are the most common form of hearing loss treatment worldwide. So, why do some people choose not to wear them?
This article will discuss how hearing aids work, the benefits and six ways they can improve your quality of life.
How do Hearing Aids Work?
There is a misconception that hearing aids restore your hearing, which isn’t the truth. Hearing aids work to amplify sounds to improve your hearing.
There are many different types of hearing aids, but all hearing aids are made up of the same three parts:
- A microphone,
- An amplifier,
- And a receiver
So, how do these parts work together to allow you to hear?
The microphone in the hearing aid detects and converts sound waves into an electric signal, which is then sent to the amplifier or processor.
Once the amplifier increases the power of the electric signal, it’s then sent to the receiver, where it’s changed into audible sound and sent along the hearing nerve to be interpreted by the brain.
1. Improves your communication
Hearing loss affects not only the individual experiencing it but also their family and friends. In many cases, hearing loss can make it hard to communicate with those family and friends, so you may find yourself withdrawing from social situations.
Individuals tend to stop going to social gatherings because they’re embarrassed to ask people to repeat themselves or look like they don’t understand what people are saying. If you find yourself in situations such as those, then hearing aids may benefit you.
Hearing aids can improve your communication as you’ll be able to easily take part in conversations without asking people to repeat themselves. You’ll also be able to participate in social events without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.
2. Keeps you safe
You may not think it, but hearing is essential for keeping ourselves safe. We need to be able to hear when an alarm goes off or if an emergency vehicle is coming up behind us while driving.
It can be extremely unsafe if you have hearing loss and can’t hear these emergency sirens; it can be extremely unsafe.
Hearing aids can amplify those sounds, enabling you to be notified of them and take action accordingly. Examples include going to your nearest emergency meeting point if the fire alarm goes off or moving your car to the side of the road to let emergency vehicles pass.
3. Feel better emotionally and mentally
When you have hearing loss and are straining to hear, it can have a detrimental impact on your mental and emotional health.
Straining to listen to conversations for long periods can lead to mental fatigue, which in turn can make you want to stay home and avoid social situations. This isolation can lead to depression and anxiety.
However, when you wear hearing aids and can hear the sounds you used to, you will feel much better emotionally and mentally because you won’t need to use all of your energy straining to hear conversations around you.
4. Improves your confidence
If you have found that you haven’t been as confident participating in discussions at work or with your friends or family, hearing aids can change that.
With your new hearing aids allowing you to hear sounds you had thought you’d lost forever, you’ll have newfound confidence knowing you’ll be able to participate in any conversation without asking someone to repeat themselves or taking a guess at what they’ve said to you.
5. Maintain an active lifestyle
Have you put off exercising or going to the gym because you thought you couldn’t wear hearing aids while working out? Well, think again!
You can wear hearing aids while exercising. All you have to do is make sure you clean them properly at the end of your workout.
There’s no need to worry about not hearing someone at the gym or missing what your instructor said to you during your workout class. Hearing aids can benefit your quality of life by helping you maintain an active lifestyle.
6. Reduces your risk of dementia
Studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss are at a higher risk of developing dementia than those without hearing loss.
We use our brains to listen to sounds, and if we can no longer hear sounds, our hearing nerve stops being stimulated. Once stimulation of the hearing nerve has stopped, the brain starts to slow down, and dementia develops.
If you get your hearing tested early and find that you have hearing loss, hearing aids will improve your quality of life as they will allow your hearing nerve to always be stimulated, therefore reducing your risk of developing dementia.
Hearing aids are the most common form of hearing loss treatment, and for a good reason! They improve your quality of life by enabling you to participate in conversations, keeping you safe, maintaining an active lifestyle and reducing your risk of developing dementia.
If you or someone you know has recently found out they have hearing loss and have been recommended hearing aids, look no further than EarDeals.
We have a wide range of hearing aids from global manufacturers to suit all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to moderate and severe.
If you aren’t sure which hearing aid would suit your hearing needs, contact us today to speak to one of our hearing aid brokers, they will be happy to help you find the right hearing aid for your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.