It remains a puzzle as to why wearing glasses—which treat vision impairment—is perceived as an indication of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as a sign of old age.
Maybe it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to work together with technology.
The question is, when you look at someone wearing a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?
Here are 6 of the positive things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You love living an active life
Most social situations and activities necessitate healthy hearing, while spending time alone at home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a signal that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to allow hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an proactive, open-minded problem solver
When you’re confronted with difficult problems or obstacles, you find ways to defeat them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or assert a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like miniature computers, furnished with remarkable features like wireless connections, 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 benefits that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, particularly from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to dangerous medical conditions such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you appreciate living an all-around healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps required for a long, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You understand that the framework for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss erect a barrier between you and those you love.
Your relationships are simply too significant to allow hearing loss to produce instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the hassle of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not trying to hide the reality 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 secure your own total well being.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported better performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute shows 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 add to the list?
There are countless reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: Tell us in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.