Here’s what getting a hearing test and using professionally fitted hearing aids, if recommended by a hearing care professional, may do for you:
2. Raise your spirits. People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, isolated, and depressed. But research shows that when they use hearing aids, many become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.
4. Feel better about yourself. An important perk of using hearing aids can be enhanced emotional well-being. Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control and less self-critical. One BHI study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life by using hearing aids.
5. Keep mind sharp. Johns Hopkins linked hearing loss with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults and found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time. BHI studies found that many with hearing loss report improvements in their cognitive skills with the use of hearing aids.
6. Unleash earning potential. Hearing your best at work helps you do your best. One study found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss.