A 2016 Harvard Health Publication blog highlights a staggering fact: Most people wait 10 years before acknowledging a hearing problem. There are many reasons why someone would wait before getting a hearing aid. For some, it’s denial. For others, hearing loss is so gradual that they just assume it isn’t a big deal. When hearing loss is left untreated, there are emotional consequences. Many people do not see the emotional benefits of hearing aids because they simply don’t know what they are. To help you get a better grasp on how hearing aids can improve your overall well-being, here are five emotional benefits of hearing aids:
1. Lower levels of depression
Studies have been done to prove that people with hearing loss who wear hearing aids show fewer signs of depression. They also felt more control over their lives and maintained a positive outlook on life with increased emotional stability compared to those who do not wear hearing aids to help with hearing loss.
2. Less social anxiety
When you wear your hearing aids, there’s no wondering what the bank teller said or if you understood exactly what your boss was asking of you. When you have a clear understanding of what those around you are saying, you are able to experience less social anxiety. You no longer have to worry about whether you heard correctly or are speaking too softly or loudly in social situations. Besides adding to your overall emotional health, this significantly improves your communication skills.
3. Better relationships
It can be frustrating to communicate with someone who can’t hear properly. Conversely, it can be frustrating to explain to someone that you are experiencing hearing loss. With hearing aids, you can establish strong relationships with the people around you without any frustration.
4. Improved self-esteem
For many, being diagnosed with hearing loss, whether it’s at a young age or later on in life, can lead to self-esteem issues and a drop in your confidence levels. Be that as it may, hearing aids can restore your confidence and improve your self-esteem by letting you move past your diagnosis and get on with your life.
5. Greater overall physical health
Whether it’s a cold brought on by lack of sleep or headaches brought on by overcompensation/straining to hear during a conversation, our overall physical health suffers when we let our emotional health deteriorate.