4 Reasons to get Hearing Aids at an Early Stage of Hearing Loss
Are you suffering from hearing loss? You’re not alone! According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, it’s the nation’s third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages, but is most prevalent in adults, affecting 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65.
What’s surprising is that hearing loss is more common than vision loss! Most of us are quick to see an eye doctor when we’re experiencing blurry vision.Yet, studies show that Americans wait an average of 7 years before seeking help with their hearing. Could you imagine waiting 7 years before seeing an eye doctor? Think about all the sights you’d miss!
Well, it’s the same for hearing! You miss a lot of life when your hearing is compromised. And like eye glasses, the best time to get a hearing aid is at the first signs of hearing loss. Why? We’ve done the research, and here are our top 4 reasons:
Protect your Ears
Are you constantly turning up the volume on your TV or music? If so, this can cause even more damage to your hearing. With hearing aids, you can enjoy your entertainment at a much lower volume and protect your ears!
Live in the Now
We tend to take for granted what we have until it begins to slip away from us. The ear is a wonderful and complex organ responsible for creating many of our most cherished memories. To hear means to be present, to live each moment fully, surrounded by those we love. Life’s too short to not connect with your loved ones. When it's difficult for someone to understand what people are saying, they are more likely to disengage from social activity, which, studies have shown, can leave them feeling isolated and depressed.
So, if you find yourself sitting at the dinner table, surrounded by your loved ones, but unable to follow the meal-time conversation, why not discover if hearing aids can help you further connect with them?
The Sooner the Better (for your Wallet!)
There’s no getting around the fact that quality hearing aids are expensive. Some insurance plans may cover a partial cost of the devices, but for most people, hearing aids are paid for out-of-pocket. Since mild hearing loss is usually much cheaper to correct than more severe cases due to the technology involved, your wallet benefits from acting early! Don’t wait to purchase hearing aids - your wallet will thank you!
Addressing hearing loss as soon as you notice it also benefits your work performance.
Think of all the important details in meetings you’d miss if you can’t hear well, and how that would impact your performance. Is the cost of hearing aids worth more than losing your job or missing a promotion? On the flipside, better hearing can boost performance, so you can work longer and more productively.
That’s One Small Step for Man…
Hearing aid technology has improved significantly over the last decade. The most noticeable change makes them so small they’re almost invisible to others! But if you want to take advantage of these discreet hearing aids, you have to act sooner rather than later! More severe hearing loss may require the use of larger devices.
But small size isn’t the only cool, new feature for hearing aids! Here are a few more technological advancements worth mentioning:
With Bluetooth connectivity, you can stream high-quality audio from your smartphone, TV, computer - even new smart doorbells - directly to your hearing aid! And, probably the coolest part, Bluetooth allows for...
...Smartphone app control! Now you can control your hearing aid settings directly from your smartphone - no need to fiddle around with tiny buttons on your hearing aid or trek to the doctor for minor adjustments!
Rechargeable hearing aids are quickly becoming very popular! Instead of constantly struggling to change those tiny hearing aid batteries, rechargeable hearing aids allow you to easily recharge the batteries while you sleep, so they’re always ready to work for you in the morning.
If you think these features would help you hear better and stay connected to your loved ones, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to enjoy life. After all, we aren't getting any younger!
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Not sure if you have hearing loss? Check out this article to help you identify the first signs of mild hearing loss. (Remember, acting early saves your hearing and wallet in the long run!).