It remains a mystery as to why wearing eye glasses—which treat vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which treat 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 interact 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 favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.
1. You prefer living an active life
Most social events and activities demand healthy hearing, while hanging out by yourself at home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a signal that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to permit hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite activities.
2. You’re an open-minded, proactive problem solver
When you’re confronted with difficult problems or obstacles, you find ways to defeat them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or maintain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to treat it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like miniature computers, furnished with impressive capabilities like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it illustrates that you are on the cutting-edge of technology, prepared to reap the rewards that new technology has to offer.
4. You’re health conscious
Several new studies, particularly from Jonhs Hopkins University, have linked hearing loss to dangerous medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wearing hearing aids indicates that you value living an overall healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a lengthy, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You recognize that the foundation for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss create a barrier between you and those you love.
Your relationships are simply too significant to permit hearing loss to create instances 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, sociable 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 enhanced 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 add to the list?
There are numerous reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.