If your truck isn’t as smooth a ride as it once was, you might just make do, after all, it still gets you from A to B. Maybe the same goes with your slightly battered cell or your scuffed sneakers.
But when it comes to your hearing and more specifically hearing loss, making do just won’t cut it. Hearing loss has a nasty way of seeping into every aspect of your life, both personal and professional. But there is help at hand with hearing aids from Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology.
Before you picture clunky, cumbersome contraptions, hearing aids today are a far cry from that. Here are 10 of the benefits of wearing modern hearing aids:
(1) Almost invisible
Hearing aids today are sleeker in their design than ever before. From Receiver-in-Ear designs with slender casings that snugly sit behind the ear to Invisible-in-Canal hearing aids that sit fully within the ear canal where they are hidden from view.
(2) Superior sound
Technological advances such as directional microphones and digital signal processing mean you can enjoy richness in sound quality even against background noise.
Hearing aids are lifestyle accessories as well as functional pieces of kit. Many now enable you to stream sound straight from digital devices, such as your phone, TV or tablet. Now you can listen to your favorite tunes on the go or binge watch a TV show with ease.
(4) Charge that lasts
Improvements in batteries combined with hearing aids that consume less power mean you don’t need to worry about your hearing aids cutting out in the middle of the day. ReSound’s LiNX Quattro, for example, provides 30 hours of battery life after just 3 hours of charging.
(5) Personalized to you
Turning the volume up or down can help you hear better with your hearing aids but there is more to it than that. Multiple program settings can be created to match environments you often encounter. If you’re having trouble getting the settings right you can even get remote assistance via your hearing aid app on your phone so you get that personalized programming just right.
(6) Forget fatigue
Life without hearing aids can be exhausting. Straining to hear conversations takes a lot of energy. With your hearing aids in place, after a period of adjustment you’ll find that you have more energy than before so you truly get the most out of your day.
(7) Stay social
Since your hearing loss started, have you found yourself shrinking away from social situations? Find it too embarrassing to keep asking people to repeat things or too overwhelming to be in environments with lots of people talking? Hearing aids can give you back your social life, as you’ll be better able to follow conversations and importantly engage with people.
(8) Work well
Work can be stressful and tiring at the best of times but with hearing loss making you miss that vital message during an office meeting or struggle to keep up with colleagues’ conversations, work can become a nightmare. With hearing aids in place, you can stay on top of your work and even begin to enjoy it again.
Communication is key to building new relationships and nurturing existing ones. When you can hear better with hearing aids you can really connect with those around you, whether it is your partner, children, family or friends.
When hearing loss goes untreated your brain starts to suffer the effects too. The parts of your brain that are involved in processing sounds don’t get used as much and so start to weaken. Research has now linked this to an increased risk of developing dementia. Wearing your hearing aids will, therefore, improve both the health of your hearing and your brain.
With so much to gain from getting your hearing back on track, why not book a hearing evaluation with Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology? We’ll help you take those first few steps towards better hearing health with hearing aids that work for you and your lifestyle.
Dr. Joni Ruiz is the owner and Doctor of Audiology at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology. She earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009 from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Selected for a prestigious fourth-year externship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ruiz has more than ten years’ experience as an Audiologist. She has a heart for patient-centered care. At her hearing care practice, she performs comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations, provides aural rehabilitation to her patients and their loved ones, dispenses state of the art hearing aids, and manages the care of said devices for their life. Dr. Ruiz is dedicated to patient education regarding hearing loss, hearing protection, and hearing aid selection.