Eight Ways Hearing Aids Enhance Independent Living

Last update on Aug, 27, 2021

Being able to make your own choices and live independently brings so much joy to life. Whether you enjoy going to the farmers’ market on the weekend, spending time with friends in your community or traveling to new places, having the ability to do the things you love is important.

When unexpected changes like health issues disrupt our routines, it’s natural to feel concerned about how our autonomy might be affected. Noticing difficulties in hearing is no exception—it can feel worrisome at first, and some might even choose to ignore the problem, believing that getting help will lead to a loss of independence. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. While accepting changes to your hearing health can take time, addressing the issue as soon as possible is the best course of action. Hearing aids make it possible to continue using independent living skills in more ways than you might realize.

Here’s how hearing aids support independent living

There are numerous daily activities that we don’t typically give much thought to and may even take for granted (think: grocery shopping, eating at a restaurant or doing laundry). When you look at your routine closely, you’ll realize that hearing well makes so many tasks and interactions possible. When you neglect caring for hearing health, some of your abilities and independence slip away because you’re unable to pick up on audible cues.

So, what do hearing aids do to help you maintain your independence? Hearing aids restore the missing sounds your ears can no longer naturally pick up on their own, allowing you to keep doing all the things that make you who you are, while maintaining independent living skills. Here are just a few activities where wearing hearing aids can improve your quality of life:

1.) Grocery shopping:

You’ll be able to hear the cashier when you check out your items.

2.) Going out to eat:

You’ll have an easier time understanding and interacting with the hostess, server, and others in your group.

3.) Social situations:

You’ll be able to converse with ease and maintain rich relationships with friends and family, especially when talking on the phone or going for a walk rather than speaking face to face.

4.) Keeping up with your home

You’ll be in a position to detect appliance-related sounds, like the dishwasher running, the washer and dryer, alarms, and sounds that indicate your car requires maintenance.

5.) Entertainment:

You’ll be able to attend educational lectures, movies and concerts and easily follow along.

6.) Engaging with your community:

You’ll have the opportunity to be an active participant in town hall meetings, stay updated on local news on the TV or radio, and fully participate and sing at worship services, if that’s part of your routine.

7.) Travel:

You’ll be able to hear the pilot and flight attendants when flying and converse with rideshare or taxi drivers from the back seat.

8.) Fitness:

It will be easier to follow along when attending yoga, dance, pilates and cardio classes or working one-on-one with an instructor.

Choosing hearing aids for your lifestyle

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and today’s hearing aid features make it easy for people who are living active lives to wear hearing aids without hassle. Some people feel most comfortable with a hearing device that goes unnoticed. Miracle-Ear’s discreet family of hearing aids are comfortable, small and nearly invisible—perfect for anyone who doesn’t want hearing loss to define them. For those who would rather not deal with tiny batteries, rechargeable devices offer a convenient alternative, with a sleek charging case that’s easy to bring wherever life takes you.

Modern technology ensures hearing aid wearers can keep up with everyday life and show up fully engaged. Hearing aids with Bluetooth capabilities seamlessly connect to compatible technology like some smartphones and televisions, so the sounds stream directly into your ears for ultimate clarity, rather than traveling from the speaker.

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Ready to get started? If you’re considering how a hearing device could empower you to maintain your lifestyle or wondering when to get a hearing aid, keep in mind that it’s best to take action and speak with a specialist as soon as you can. People typically wait 10 years to treat hearing loss, missing out on everyday sounds that they could be enjoying with a hearing aid. The decision to purchase hearing aids is a big one, and one that can truly change your life for the better—why wait?

Whether you’re just starting to learn about hearing aids and have simple questions like “what are hearing aids?” and “do hearing aids really work?” or you already have an idea of which device might work for you, Miracle-Ear specialists are available to help. Hearing care providers can answer questions, identify your unique needs and discuss the many different types of hearing aids available.

Adjusting to your new devices will likely be exciting but can take time, as you get used to hearing differently in new environments and learn how to integrate them into your daily routine. It’s important to be patient with yourself during the transition to hearing more fully and to rely on your Miracle-Ear provider for support. Every step of the way, they’ll be ready to advocate for you and help find solutions that empower you to take advantage of independent living.

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