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It remains a puzzle as to why wearing eye glasses—which treat vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which treat hearing impairment—has been perceived as a sign of old age.

Perhaps it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is reversed, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to interact with technology.

The question is, when you look at someone using a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?

Here are 6 of the positive things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.

1. You prefer living an active life

Most social events and activities require healthy hearing, while hanging out alone in your home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a signal that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to allow hearing loss hold you back from pursuing your favorite experiences.

2. You’re an open-minded, proactive problem solver

When you’re confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to overcome them. You don’t wait around feeling sorry for yourself or sustain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re open-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and proactive enough to correct it.

3. You’re tech-savvy

Today’s digital hearing aids are like mini computers, furnished with exceptional capabilities like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.

By wearing a pair of modern hearing aids, it shows that you are on the leading-edge of technology, eager to reap the benefits that new technology has to offer.

4. You’re health conscious

Several new studies, particularly from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to significant medical conditions such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Wearing hearing aids indicates that you appreciate living an all-around healthy lifestyle, proactively taking the steps required for an extended, healthy life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

5. You treasure your relationships

You know that the framework for any healthy relationship is strong communication, and you’re not going to let hearing loss erect a barrier between you and the people you love.

Your relationships are simply too significant to allow hearing loss to produce instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the hassle of others always needing to repeat themselves.

6. You’re self-confident

You’re not trying to hide the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to ensure your own total well being.

In fact, many hearing aid users have reported better performance at work, and research by the Better Hearing Institute reveals that hearing aid users reported higher household income than those with untreated hearing loss.

What do hearing aids say about you?

What did we miss? What would you include in the list?

There are many reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: Tell us in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.

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