Hearing aids don’t just help you hear better. Today’s hearing devices are packed with so many features, you may not even be aware of all the benefits they can provide. Below we overview three benefits of hearing aids that you can take advantage of as soon as you’re fitted.
1. You Can Stream from Your TV
COVID restrictions may make going to see a movie at the Philadelphia Film Center more difficult, but you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home with surround-sound speakers located conveniently in your ears.
Many of today’s hearing aids can connect to your TV so you can stream crystal clear audio directly through your hearing aids without bothering family members by cranking up the volume. If you have a smart TV with Bluetooth capabilities, you can connect your hearing aids that way. If not, you can purchase a TV streamer.
2. Hearing Aids Prevent Depression
Many studies have confirmed the link between untreated hearing loss and depression.
- A 2014 study found that 19.1% of adults with hearing loss have mild depressive symptoms, while 11.4% have moderate to severe depression. This is significantly higher than the rate of the general population, which is 6.7%.
- A more recent study from 2019 found that one in five older adults with hearing loss have clinical depression – a whopping 20%.
- Fortunately, one survey showed that rates of depression are lower among populations who choose to treat their hearing loss.
3. Talking on the Phone Is Easier
Trouble talking on the phone is one of the most common early signs of hearing loss. This is because of a combination of distorted audio and lack of visual cues. Hearing aids with Bluetooth compatibility solve this problem.
Hearing aids that connect to your phone can act as a Bluetooth headset, so you can take calls and hear audio from the other end of the line that is programmed to the exact specification your hearing loss requires. This also means you can talk hands-free.
For more information about the benefits of treating your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Pinnacle ENT Associates today.