Research shows that hearing aids can improve your happiness and quality of life. Sadly, only 20% of Canadians who would hear better with hearing aids choose to wear them. If you have hearing loss and choose not to wear hearing aids you could be missing out on a lot more than you realise.
There are a number of ways that hearing loss can make you unhappy in your daily life including:
- Communication frustrations
- Mental health and cognitive decline
- Increased health and accident risks
- Social and relationship withdrawal
- Reduced earning capacity.
The good news is that hearing aids can enhance your levels of happiness and the quality of your life. In short, hearing aids can boost your confidence levels and restore your ability to enjoy friendships, your work and the everyday challenges of living life to the full. Read on and learn how treating your hearing loss can add to your happiness and why you really don’t want to be that person who doesn’t wear hearing aids.
How many times have you had to ask people to repeat themselves? How often have you misheard people in noisy settings such as in restaurants or shops? Does it upset you when you miss out of the joke with your work colleagues? Do you feel frustrated talking on the phone or while watching the television?
These are common frustrations and communication breakdowns that people with hearing loss experience. But you don’t have to accept this as the new norm. You can reclaim a more normal hearing experience. No, hearing aids won’t restore your hearing to perfectly normal but you will be much happier taking part in conversations against background noise.
Modern hearing aids are packed full of innovative features to help you overcome those communication frustrations that are getting you down. Hearing aids such as the Signa Pure 312NX include filters that reduce background noise and enhance your own voice as well, enable you to focus on the conversations that matter.
Most major hearing aid brands provide direct connectivity to TVs, Smartphones as well as direct connection to aural loops in theatres and concert halls. This means you get pure sound direct to your hearing aid.
You can also enjoy more precise location detection so that you can quickly identify whether the speaker is behind you or to your side as well as tinnitus masking and feedback protection. Modern hearing aids really focus on letting your hear the important sounds that add to your happiness.
Mental health and cognitive decline
Frustrating communication challenges can really play havoc with your mental health. Increased stress levels at work due to missed communications are particularly harmful. When you’re struggling to hear in those critical meetings your once-confident participation and performance can take a tumble.
Dealing with clients or customers on the phone or in noisy reception rooms can also raise your mental anxiety levels. Boosting your hearing with an invisible hearing aid can restore your confidence and peace of mind. Correctly fitted hearing aids can help you feel much happier in your daily life.
Severe hearing loss may also make you 5 times more likely to develop dementia. And although hearing aids cannot cure dementia, studies show that treating hearing loss with hearing aids is very effective at reducing cognitive decline.
Maintaining good mental health plays a major role in being happy. Wearing correctly fitted hearing aids can enhance your happiness on a daily basis.
Increased health and accident risks
Did you know, untreated hearing loss carries increased health risks? Research indicates strong links between hearing loss and much higher rates of diabetes. Untreated hearing loss is also associated with an increased risk for developing heart conditions.
Hearing loss can also increase the stress and tension you feel at work and lead to tension headaches, neck pain and other discomfort. In fact, studies show that people with untreated hearing loss are four or five times more likely to take sick leave from work.
Hearing plays a vital role in maintaining your sense of balance. Any hearing loss may affect your balance and make you much more prone to falls. In fact, a John Hopkins study shows that people with mild hearing loss are 3 times more likely to have a fall. Modern hearing aids can help restore your sense of balance as well as eliminate the confusion that can occur when you can’t locate where sounds are coming from.
The Starkey Livio AI hearing aid goes one step further and is the first hearing aid with a built in fall detection alert system. The Livio is designed for the older adult who is at risk from falls and uses 3D sensors to detect when you’ve had a fall. It will instantly send an alert to friends or family who can check to see you’re o.k.
Maintaining good health is a critical way to enhance your levels of happiness. Choosing to wear hearing aids is a big tick for overall good health.
Social and relationship withdrawal
The frustration and stress of dealing with hearing loss in social settings may lead you to withdraw from many of your former favourite activities. Untreated hearing loss can play havoc with your relationships. This can harm your sense of well-being, your confidence and lead to serious mental and emotional health issues such as depression.
Hearing aids not only improve your hearing but they can enable you to enjoy those activities that you may have been finding a little challenging. Hearing aids can help give you back those sounds you miss and make you feel more positive and happy. Say, ‘yes’ to better hearing and renew, rebuild, and strengthen your relationships with friends and family.
Hearing loss is associated with an average drop of $30,000 in your income. Research has proven that hearing aids can almost completely reverse this drop and will ensure you can enjoy your working life too.
Hearing aids are a proven effective treatment for hearing loss. Talk to House of Hearing today and let us show you how hearing aids can add to your happiness and quality of life.