We have heard it from patients again and again how their hearing aid has improved all areas of their life. The cost might be the biggest hurdle when you first consider a hearing aid solution for your hearing problems. The latest hearing aid technology is expensive, but another way of looking at this is to ask yourself – what is the price tag on my hearing? The enjoyment and quality of time spent with loved ones. How much is that worth to you?
Dealing with your loss of hearing by using hearing aids has proven time and time again, to have a positive impact on quality of life in personal, professional, and financial ways. Look at addressing your hearing loss as an investment and a smart buying choice.
Here are 5 major benefits you can expect when you invest in improving your hearing:
- Release your earning potential. For those with mild hearing loss, hearing aids lowered the possibility of earnings loss by 90-100 %, and for those with severe to moderate hearing loss that figure was 65-77% according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study. The study showed that untreated hearing loss will cost some people as much as $30,000 in lost income annually.
- Keep up your mental function. Studies have shown that there is a link between hearing loss and dementia. Experts believe that devices like hearing aids can actually delay or even prevent dementia. Studies of these areas are ongoing.
- Keep you on your feet. Middle age people (40-69) with just mild hearing loss were 3 times more likely to have a history of falling according to a Johns Hopkins study. Experts have stated that the intensive effort required by those with untreated hearing loss take cognitive resources away from what is required for balance and gait.
- Reduce stress and raise your spirits. BHI research indicated that people who use hearing aids to treat their loss of hearing feel they have more control of their lives and are more confident. One study showed that most people mild to severe hearing loss have increased self-confidence and feel better about life overall after they begin using hearing aids.
- Strengthen your relationships. Research also indicates that those using hearing aids improve interpersonal relationships. A BHI study of people with hearing loss shows that over half of the test subjects said that using hearing aids improved their relationships with family, lead to better social lives and their ability to become part of groups. Some even had improved romantic relationships.