American Hearing & Audiology - Conway, AR

Man feeling more confident about wearing his hearing aids at work now that stigma around hearing aids is waning.

In the past, hearing aids have carried a stigma. Some people simply associate them with aging. The result?

Countless people of all ages put themselves in danger of a number of health problems because they decide not to get hearing aids and decide to live with hearing loss. The numbers back this up: 30 million individuals in the United States dealing with hearing loss, yet only around 15 percent of that group has ever used a hearing aid.

Also, more and more young people are addressing hearing loss: a WHO report from 2015 predicted that too much use of headphones and overly loud concerts and festivals will cause over 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults to permanently damage their hearing.

However, progressing technology and changing attitudes have started to frame hearing aids in a new light, and people are starting to look at them in a similar way they view eye-glasses.

If You Require Hearing Aids, You Should Wear Them, This Is Why

There are a lots of reasons why you should use hearing aids, some of them obvious and some of them unexpected.

Some of the most common reasons are as follows:

  • You’ll be able to earn more money
  • You’re able to hear better (As noted, there were some obvious ones on the list)
  • You’ll give your brain a rest
  • You won’t have as hard a time in conversations
  • You can listen to music and television at safe volumes
  • Social activities will be more satisfying
  • You can reduce tinnitus symptoms

Are these reasons sounding good to you? Even someone with minor hearing damage can find some advantage from wearing hearing aids.

What many people aren’t aware of is that hearing loss is linked to mental decline, mental health problems, and conditions like Alzheimers disease and dementia.

This might happen for a number of different reasons according to recent studies, this includes the overworking of the brain as it struggles to understand sounds that it hears. It may be that the brain cells don’t get enough activation so they shrink and die, or it may be because of the leading cause of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems which is social isolation.

Hearing aids can change things for the better by allowing you to hear clearly and understand the words and sounds around you. Your brain can then process the sounds as it ordinarily would without having to use extra resources, while you’ll gain the ability and confidence to enjoy social activities and conversations again.

Hearing Aids Have Advanced in Technology

We told you why it’s necessary for anyone with hearing loss, young or old, to wear hearing aids. Now we’re going to tell you about the how; as in, how hearing aid technology has progressed to the point where they’re nothing like your grandparents’ hearing aids.

The bulky, over-the-ear hearing aids are still out there for the people who like them. They also have advanced to the point that they can determine where sound is originating from and can filter out sound effectively. However, there are new and improved versions of hearing aids that have advanced technology which makes it straight forward for them to fit in with today’s digital environment and are virtually unnoticeable.

Is connecting your hearing aids up with your Bluetooth devices including your television, cellphone, or tablet something you might want to do? Most modern-day hearing aids have Bluetooth technology so you’re in luck. There are even higher-end versions that can automatically take and make calls for you, track your physical activity, and stream music. Smart hearing aids are becoming a must for anyone who has hearing loss because like your smartwatch and smartphone, they’re simply created to do more. So now that you’re ready to manage your hearing loss and start using a hearing aid, get in touch with us for an appointment and hearing assessment.

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