It remains a mystery as to why wearing a pair of glasses—which correct vision impairment—is perceived as a sign 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 reversed, 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 positive things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You love living an active life
Most social events and activities necessitate healthy hearing, while spending time by yourself in your 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 allow hearing loss hold you back from pursuing your favorite experiences.
2. You’re an proactive, open-minded problem solver
When you’re confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to overcome them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or maintain 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 small computers, furnished with amazing capabilities like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it demonstrates that you are on the leading-edge of technology, ready to enjoy the rewards that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to severe medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids shows that you appreciate living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps required for a long, 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 simply too important to allow hearing loss to create occasions of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.
6. You’re self-confident
You’re not trying to cover up the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to secure your own quality of life.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported superior 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 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.