Hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions in the U.S., with approximately 48 million individualsreporting some degree of hearing loss. Poor hearing makes it difficult to communicate with others, which can damage personal relationships and even your career. Hearing loss is also associated with other serious conditions, such as balance problems, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the dangers of hearing loss, most people choose not to do anything about it. Studies show that fewer than a third of adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss have ever worn hearing aids, and only about 16 percent of those between 20 and 69 have used them.
Why is there such a disconnect? Hearing aids are beneficial in helping to improve communication and quality of life, but people often focus on reasons notto wear hearing aids rather than reasons why they should. Many feel that hearing aids will make them seem old or out of touch, because they picture the large and clunky hearing aids their grandparents wore. However, those who haven’t seen a hearing aid in a while would be pleasantly surprised to learn they are now smaller and higher functioning than ever.
Consider Signia’s Styletto hearing aids, which were developed to fight the stigma around hearing aids with sleek, stylish design. Made to look more like non-medical consumer products, like earbuds, Styletto is a modern hearing device people can be proud to wear.
Another reason people may avoid hearing aids is because of the hassle of batteries. You might not want to fumble around with tiny batteries, or you may fear your hearing aids will lose power when out and about. Styletto addresses this challenge as well. With a lithium-ion rechargeable battery cell, users never have to worry about changing batteries. It even comes with a state-of-the-art portable charging case that powers the hearing aids for three full charges, meaning you get four days of use without having to plug into a wall.
Still, some people don’t like hearing aids because of how their own voice sounds when wearing them. With the Own Voice Processing (OVP™) feature found in Styletto and many of Signia’s other hearing aids, your own voice is processed separately from other noises, so it will sound as clear as possible.
Signia hearing aids deliver many other benefits like Bluetooth™ connectivity so you can stream TV, music, and phone calls directly to your hearing aids. You can even set up a virtual appointment with your hearing care professional so they can adjust your hearing aids remotely.
Of course, the main reason to wear hearing aids is to hear better, and Signia’s devices are clinically proven to offer “better than normal” hearing. So, for those who are hesitant to wear hearing aids, just consider all that these technologically advanced devices have to offer and how they can help you live each day to the fullest.
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