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Lookin' Good with Better Hearing

Some people deny they have a hearing problem while others think wearing hearing aids will make them look old. At The Place for Better Hearing, we disagree. Treating hearing loss can help you stay active and looking youthful. Here are four reasons hearing aids make you look GOOD.

1. Hearing aids give you more energy.
Straining to hear and understand what’s being said by others causes hearing loss exhaustion. The extra mental energy the brain expends to keep up with conversations at work, school, and in social situations takes its toll. People with hearing loss use energy to concentrate on lip reading and deciphering verbal cues as well as hand gestures. Hearing loss can cause emotional exhaustion too, adding to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Hearing aids make it easier for your brain to hear the sounds you’ve been missing, making it easier for your brain to process those sounds. When your brain isn’t working so hard to understand what’s being said, you’ll have more energy to spend on the things you love to do.

2. Look sharp by keeping your mind active and avoid depression.
Researchers from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders found a strong relationship between hearing loss and depression. Researchers from John Hopkins and the National Institute of Aging found that brains of older individuals with untreated hearing loss shrink faster. That’s why it’s so important to have your hearing tested, especially if you or others suspect you have hearing loss. See an experienced and reputable Audiologist. If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, seek immediate treatment.

3. Look good as you contribute to conversations.
Today’s hearing aids are comfortable to wear and are better able to separate speech from background noise. Talk with your Audiologist and share the activities you participate in on a daily basis. Your input will ensure that you select hearing aids with the level of technology that will best suit your hearing loss and your lifestyle. Studies conducted on people with hearing loss who wear hearing aids report a higher satisfaction of quality of life, improved communication in family and intimate relationships, better emotional stability, a sense of control over life events, plus improved perception of mental and physical health.

4. Most people won’t even notice your hearing aids.
Depending on the type of hearing loss you have, it may be possible to wear hearing aids that are virtually invisible. Bluetooth-compatible hearing devices can work with your personal electronic devices such as TVs, smartphones, computers, and iPods. These devices “stream” music (and other sounds) into your hearing aids. You’ll look great with a smile on your face as you listen to your favorite tunes or to a cell phone call “hands free.”