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 love living an active life
Most social gatherings and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time 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 let hearing loss hold you back 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 overcome them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or defend a stubborn denial of the problem—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to correct it.
3. You’re tech-savvy
Today’s digital hearing aids are like small computers, furnished with impressive features like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.
By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it shows that you are on the cutting-edge of technology, set 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 shows that you appreciate living an all-around healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps necessary for a long, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
5. You value your relationships
You recognize that the groundwork 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 just too important to allow hearing loss to produce 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 reality 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 lifestyle.
In fact, many hearing aid users have reported improved performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute reveals that hearing aid users reported higher household income than those with untreated hearing loss.
What do hearing aids say about you?
What did we leave out? What would you add to the list?
There are numerous reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.