It remains a mystery as to why wearing eye glasses—which improve vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which treat hearing impairment—has been perceived as a sign 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 engage 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 prefer living an active life
Most social gatherings and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time by yourself in your home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a sign that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to permit 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 conquer them. You don’t wait around feeling sorry for yourself or defend a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to treat it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like miniature computers, complete with incredible capabilities like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By wearing a pair of modern hearing aids, it shows 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 connected hearing loss to severe medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids indicates that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary 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 simply too important to permit hearing loss to create instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the hassle of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not trying to conceal the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to ensure your own total well being.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported superior 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 forget? What would you include in the list?
There are countless reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: Tell us in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.