Last updated on Jan 22, 2019
When hearing starts to decline, wearing a hearing aid may seem daunting and inconvenient. In reality, wearing hearing aids makes quality of life better. According to the American Association of Audiology, those with hearing loss that wear hearing aids experience a better quality of life than those who don’t, meaning quality of life decreases when hearing loss goes untreated.
One of the biggest benefits of wearing a hearing aid is the increased ability to communicate with both loved ones and the outside world. Hearing aids improve quality of life by opening more channels of communication. Before hearing loss is treated, many find it frustrating to have normal conversations and feel as if they are unable to effectively communicate with their partner, children, and other people they care about.
In addition, untreated hearing loss makes everyday tasks, such as talking on the phone, speaking to a waiter, or picking up the dry cleaning, even more tedious. Miscommunication is challenging and frustrating, but with a hearing aid, these difficulties are greatly diminished.
Not only is hearing loss frustrating, but it can also lead to feelings of helplessness. Routine tasks and daily chores can feel insurmountable, which can vastly increase a person’s dependence on those around them.
Rather than relying on others to perform tasks that were once a breeze, treating hearing loss can increase this quality of life. When a person starts wearing hearing aids, it is exponentially easier to accomplish the simple tasks that make up so much of their day.
In addition to easier day-to-day tasks, wearing hearing aids also leads to an increased sense of personal safety and alertness. One of the greatest negative effects of untreated hearing loss is a decreased sense of safety, due to the inability to properly gauge what’s happening in one’s surroundings. Driving, crossing the street, and other daily actions become more dangerous when a person is unable to absorb all of the sensory input, which is why it is important to treat hearing loss with hearing aids when possible.
Hearing loss can be overwhelming, and leave those who have it feeling like their choices in life are severely diminished. With many hearing aids costing thousands of dollars, it can seem as if even the relatively simple solution of wearing a hearing aid is out of reach. However, MDHearingAid offers a variety of affordable hearing aids, including digital and analog options.
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