The 21st century is built on a mantra of abundance. We have access to an abundance of almost everything in our lives, from food to entertainment and technology. Arguably, that would mean that every problem has a solution, whether it be temporary or permanent, that requires us to find and apply it. If your hearing loss or tinnitus has become a problem that is stopping you from thriving in your day to day life there are solutions that you can embrace for the better.
Hearing aids may be part of the next stage of your journey, and that is okay. It simply means that they are the instrument that will assist you in being as present as possible in the endeavors of your new chapter. Naturally, we should embrace technology that adds the value of comfortability and convenience in our lives, but sadly, sometimes that may spark fear of change and transition. As Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., explains it, for many people, hearing loss poses a contrast between the former self and the current self. The reality is that you are still you, the core nature of who you do not change, instead, only the equipment needed for your journey so forth does. Through hearing aids, your day to day life is once again simplified, you can take phone calls, regain stability in bustling areas, and most importantly, rid yourself of requesting repetitions during conversations. Researcher Bridget Shield reports, “it is likely that hearing aid users will be happier, healthier and wealthier, with a better overall quality of life, than hearing-impaired people who do not use (hearing) aids.”
A lot of energy is used up in constantly asking for repetitions and hyper-focusing on listening, it reduces your productivity, self-esteem, and ultimately your outlook on your life. On average, people who are experiencing hearing loss take 7 years to finally inquire about solutions with an audiologist. Within that time, hearing loss can have a heavy impact on the comfortability of your work and home life. Don’t let the fear of change ruin the simple pleasures of your everyday life. Rather than thinking of hearing aids as devices that signify the need for assistance, we should embrace them as a necessary apparatus that optimizes our hearing and ultimately regulate life back to normal.