It remains a mystery as to why wearing glasses—which correct vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication 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 engage 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 favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You love living an active life
Most social gatherings and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time by yourself at home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a sign 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 confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to conquer them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or assert a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re open-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like mini computers, complete with exceptional capabilities like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it illustrates that you are on the leading-edge of technology, set to experience the rewards 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 ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids illustrates that you appreciate living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for an extended, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You treasure your relationships
You understand that the foundation 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 just too significant to allow hearing loss to produce occasions of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not attempting to keep hidden 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 ensure your own quality of life.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported enhanced 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 leave out? What would you include in the list?
There are many reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: Tell us in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.