As winter grinds on and spring seems a while away, it’s easy for the long dark days to drag you down. While shorter day length can lead to Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD) and contribute to depression. It’s also worth considering if you have a medical issue, such as hearing loss which adversely affects your mood.
Many people underestimate the negative impact hearing loss has on their mental well-being. Studies repeatedly link hearing loss to depression, but the news is not all bad. When those same people use a hearing device, their enjoyment of life returns. Simply learning how to live life with a hearing aid can help you connect up with people and rediscover the pleasure in life.
For those resisting the trip to the audiologist because they dread learning they need a hearing aid, think again. Today’s devices are powerful yet so small as to fit within the ear canal. You can have all the benefits of sound amplification but in a discrete bundle that only you need know about. Better still, many models are designed to stream sound wirelessly from your phone, MP3 player or television, so you get a better listening experience from all the devices in your life.
If you still need convincing then look at these tangible ways a hearing device can help you to be in a better mood. For starters, a hearing aid helps you in any number of situations from listening to a lecture, chatting to friends or participating in a sport or hobby. This enables you to be part of what’s going on and not feel left out or sidelined.
This gives you the confidence to be active socially, which helps you maintain friendships and get out and about, all of which are vital for that feel-good factor. And if you’re taking part in an active hobby, then you’re more likely to be fit and taking care of your body and again exercise is important for lifting your mood.
Once you’ve taken the plunge, got that hearing test and been fitted with a hearing aid, you are going to feel more confident and positive about life. Indeed, research shows that people with hearing loss that use a hearing aid, have a more positive outlook, feel more connected to those around them and more confident about themselves.
And finally, using a hearing aid helps you to maintain a ‘can-do’ attitude. You have the confidence to tackle complex tasks and not shy away from them, which improves your performance at work and can lead to improved earning potential compared to those with untreated hearing loss.
If you are experiencing the winter doldrums, don’t put it all down to the day length. Take a long hard look at your health and be honest about your hearing loss. It might be a trip to the audiologist’s office is what’s needed, rather than a visit to the physician, to put a spring back in your step.