Work Less, Hear More
Why do you use hearing aids? So you hear better, of course. That’s obvious. But another important benefit is that when you use hearing aids, hearing and understanding takes less work and less energy. Less work and less energy means you’re less tired and feel less stress.
Even so, a person with hearing loss no longer has “automatic hearing.” He or she has to pay close attention, concentrate, and use brain power to figure out what someone said, or to “hear more”. All this takes effort and energy. Hearing aids significantly reduce the need to concentrate and work at hearing.
We know that people who don’t seek help for their hearing loss spend more effort and more energy on hearing, even it they are able to “get by.” They’re using some of their brain power to fill in what they don’t hear.
This effort “to get by” can make the person more tired, more anxious, and more stressed—and possibly more depressed.
Relax—and hear better
So perhaps it’s just as important that hearing aids allow you to hear with less effort and less energy. They allow you to be more relaxed as you communicate with the people around you. Hearing and understanding doesn’t tire you out.
You’ll also hear better and more easily if those around you get your attention before speaking to you. Then you can pay attention, look at the person talking, and let your hearing and understanding happen—almost automatically.
Copyright 2015 Hearing Healthcare News