When it comes to hearing aids, there seems to be some sort of stigma attached to them which makes folks wary about getting them. However, this stigma is completely unfounded, since hearing aids are actually among the best medical devices which will increase your quality of life by a thousand-fold. There are many types of hearing aids which means you have the perfect chance of finding hearing aids which fit your requirements and don’t showcase your hearing loss!
If you feel that you need higher volumes on the TV as compared to others or are straining to catch some sounds that everyone else seems to hear properly, it might be time to consult a licensed audiologist and get some proper hearing aids.
Here are seven things you should know about hearing aids which might influence your decision to get them faster rather than stay without!
1. Hearing Aids Help Ward off Dementia
According to recent studies, the longer you go without hearing aids on progression of hearing loss, the higher the chances of getting dementia, especially in people over seventy years of age. This is because the brain gets fatigued as the ears try to strain and interpret sounds, which takes a lot out of it, leaving it open for dementia to creep in. This is why you should opt for hearing aids as soon as you’re diagnosed with hearing loss.
2. Hearing Aids are Digital Marvels
When you wear hearing aids, the sounds you hear are digitally enhanced which means you’ll be hearing better than most folks with natural hearing in different types of environments. Hearing aids have custom settings which are programmable and can be set to enable you to hear in different sound environments. Now you can go to a club and hear what people around you are saying instead on hearing only blasting music. Cool, right?
3. Hearing Aids have Bluetooth Technology
Most hearing aids today have Bluetooth technology which syncs with your personal devices and enables you to get direct notifications when you receive texts or email, get a call and even listen to music on your device. A good reason to get them, right?
4. Get Rid of the Annoying Sounds in Your Ear
Hearing aids today come with a form of tinnitus therapy functions, which are ideal in that they can help you diminish or completely get rid of the annoying continuous ringing in your ear. Tinnitus is known to create mental anguish, which is why hearing aids may be ideal if you’ve got hearing loss and tinnitus.
5. No More Background Noise
Most people are wary of hearing aids because they’re scared of background noises getting amplified and muffled sounds due to occlusion. With new advances in technology, background noises such as leaves rustling, birds chirping and people whistling can be done away with, thus enabling you to focus of the conversation happening with or around you. This new tech also does away with muffled sounds, leaving you with a clarity of sound.
So if you’re scared of getting hearing aids, don’t be. They’re definitely going to improve your hearing and your quality of life in one go. However, do go to a licensed and experienced practitioner to get the perfect fit and the perfect device for your needs.
About the author: Maureen Gavin is a geriatric nurse. She writes to help families make better decisions with the aging process.