Did you know hearing aids can provide valuable benefits to improve your quality of life? They can help you to:
- Hear better in situations that are important to you – Fully participate with family, friends, and co-workers again.
- Stay connected – Hearing loss can lead to isolation and depression. With hearing aids, you can connect with the world and regain your quality of life.
- Avoid becoming a burden to those around you – Wearing a hearing aid can be a courtesy to others, reducing frustration, and eliminating the need for them to raise their voices or repeat things to you.
- Identify speech in noise – Hearing aids can improve the brain’s ability to process speech when there is competing background noise, like in a restaurant or crowd. Hearing aid technology continues to improve and hearing better in noise is a primary focus of the current hearing aid technology.
- Stay sharp – Hearing loss contributes to reductions in cognitive and communication abilities — it can even be misdiagnosed as dementia. Hearing aids can help improve your abilities, keeping you on top of your game.
- Be alert to what’s happening around you – Hearing enables you to sense alarms, sirens, traffic, telephones, doorbells and other important signals at home, work and in the community.
- Work longer and earn more – Studies clearly demonstrate that untreated hearing loss can impact your success on the job, with even a mild hearing loss reducing earning potential. Using hearing aids can help you communicate successfully on the job so you maintain your productivity, professional standing, and income.
Hearing loss affects not only your personal life, but can cause major disruptions in your professional life as well.
While mild hearing loss may not interfere with your job, worsening hearing quickly takes a toll. Maybe you’ve resisted getting hearing aids in the past because you’re concerned they’ll make you appear older to employers. Ironically, not treating hearing loss is far more likely to cost you in regard to employment, promotions, salary increases, and job security.
One study examined the link between hearing loss and unemployment. The findings showed working age adults who experienced hearing loss were more likely to be unemployed than that of their hearing counterparts. On average, those with hearing loss also earned significantly less than co-workers with normal hearing.
Another study on the impact of untreated hearing loss on household income similarly concluded that of the 40 thousand families surveyed, hearing loss subtracted up to 12 thousand dollars of yearly income on average from affected households. Beyond this toll, studies indicate the U.S. economy as a whole lost in excess of 18 billion dollars of tax revenue due to the hindrance of hearing loss by an estimated 24 million potential earners.