It remains a puzzle as to why wearing a pair of 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 see someone wearing a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?
Here are 6 of the favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You love living an active life
Most social gatherings and activities necessitate healthy hearing, while hanging out by yourself 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 let hearing loss hold you back from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an open-minded, proactive problem solver
When you’re faced with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to defeat them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or sustain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re open-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 small computers, complete with exceptional capabilities like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it demonstrates that you are on the cutting-edge of technology, eager to reap the benefits that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, particularly from Jonhs Hopkins University, have attributed hearing loss to significant medical ailments such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a lengthy, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You treasure your relationships
You recognize that the framework for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss create a barrier between you and those you love.
Your relationships are simply too important to allow hearing loss to create instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not attempting to hide the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, social 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 stronger 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 miss? What would you include in the list?
There are countless reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.