Hearing loss, despite being one of the most common disabilities in the United States with over 48 million sufferers, is often not taken as seriously as it should be. Although not reversible, hearing loss can still be contained with the help of ear protection, volume reduction and hearing aids.
Yet, despite hearing health professionals' recommendations, only a handful of those suffering from hearing loss actually purchase, let alone wear, hearing aids. The most commonly sighted reason for not purchasing hearing aids is the cost associated with these devices. While hearing aids are definitely a big investment, the benefits of wearing them to your daily life greatly outweigh their costs.
Here's how hearing aids can help you hear and live better:
1. Better grasp of conversations
Hearing aids are highly efficient at enhancing sounds that are commonly used during conversations. When suffering from hearing loss, most people find it difficult to hear different pitches and words that are whispered. This is where hearing aids come improve conversations. These devices increase your ability to comprehend speech and increase general hearing strength, ensuring that you no longer have to feel awkward or shy away from social situations.
2. Better directional sense
Often, people find they have better hearing in one ear than the other. When this happens it becomes hard to ascertain the direction sounds are emitting from. With hearing aids, however, the directional sense is stronger because these devices calculate the frequency differential and then work by balancing it out. Apart from the obvious help in improving one's directional sense, this particular feature of hearing aids can also be helpful in places where there is traffic and or other similar hazards.
3. Better quality of life
Finally, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing aids have a significant impact on the user's quality of life. This particular impact is due to a number of reasons. For starters, hearing aids allow the user to develop a balanced sense of volume, meaning that the user does not have to shout or turn the TV volume uncomfortably high.
Secondly, hearing aids provide the confidence boost many individuals with hearing loss need to have healthy social lives. Individuals with untreated hearing loss are more likely to suffer from social isolation, anxiety and depression. When you wear hearing aids, you can enjoy the people and sounds around you more, which means your quality of life is better!
If you or someone you love is suffering from hearing loss, don’t delay in calling a hearing provider in your area. Hearing aids not only help you hear and communicate better, they help you connect with the world around you again.