Woman struggling to hear without her hearing aids.

What’s the reason for using hearing aids? More than likely it’s to hear better, right? Well, sure, for many individuals that’s going to be the answer. Aiding your hearing is what a hearing aid is made to do.

But that’s not the actual motivation for wearing them. What about staying in touch with people in our lives…so that we can actually get involved in conversations around us not just hear them. Hearing aids help us make sure we don’t miss the key lines of our favorite show, the punchline of a joke, or our favorite music.

In other words, there are all kinds of benefits, under-appreciated benefits, that come with using your hearing aids. And those less well known advantages might be the distinction between wearing your hearing aids every day or leaving them tucked away in a drawer somewhere. So we can be certain that these advantages deserve to be emphasized.

Clearer Sound

Your hearing aids don’t simply make things louder. They also make the sound clearer. The reason for this is that hearing decline doesn’t happen uniformly in both ears: you could lose specific frequencies in one ear before you lose those same frequencies in the other. So a hearing aid can make the sounds near you clearer and easier to understand.

Depending on the room your in and its natural sound characteristics, modern hearing aids can be adjusted or even self-adjust to compensate. Hearing aids don’t simply make everything louder, they give attention to enhancing the correct sounds so that you can hear more clearly overall.

Social Life That is More Dynamic And Enriching

If the sounds near you are easier to comprehend, you’re more inclined to engage in social activity and that’s a real improvement. Think about it this way: when you’re not able to follow the discussion at a crowded (and loud) restaurant, you’re not as likely to jump in with a joke. But when your hearing aids are doing most of the work for your ears and all the voices are sound sharp, you’ll know exactly when to come in with your hilarious repartee.

When you can hear crisply, clearly, and don’t need to ask people to repeat themselves, social situations become less difficult; Instead, enjoying social situations is something you can do again.

Having Better Concentration

A large part of your mental resources are devoted to trying to make sense of the chaos when you are having a hard time hearing. Your overall concentration is diminished when that amount of mental work is going into interpreting distorted and incomplete audio. Whether you’re are listening to TV, reading the news, or prepping your taxes, your attentiveness will be much better if you are wearing hearing aids that are functioning correctly.

You’re Safer

Research shows that people with untreated loss of hearing have a greater chance of falling down. There are two ways in which hearing aids can help protect you against a fall. One is by preventing falls initially. When you’re able to concentrate better (and, hence, you’re less mentally exhausted), it’s easier to take steps without tripping on something. The next example is when a person has a fall, the automated tech in the hearing aid triggers. In the event of a fall, friends, family, or emergency services can be automatically called.

An Increase in Mental Cognition

It’s not simply your concentration that gets better when you use your hearing aids. Your mental health gets better, too. When you have a difficult time hearing and start to separate yourself, the pathways in your brain, which are responsible for interpreting sounds, can start to atrophy (more or less, it’s an involved process that we’re simplifying to save time). A hearing aid will help preserve various mental cognitive activities, meaning your self esteem, mood and mental health might all profit from wearing your hearing aids.

Why Wait to Get The Benefits?

So if you’ve observed that your hearing has started to diminish, there’s very little to gain from taking a slow approach. Both immediate and also long term benefits are provided by hearing aids. So schedule a hearing exam now with a hearing care specialist.