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

Maybe it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to work together 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 enjoy living an active life

Most social events and activities necessitate 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 permit hearing loss hold you back from pursuing your favorite activities.

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

When you’re confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to conquer them. You don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or retain a stubborn denial of the problem—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 miniature computers, equipped with amazing features like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.

By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it illustrates that you are on the cutting-edge of technology, eager to experience the rewards that new technology has to offer.

4. You’re health conscious

Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have linked hearing loss to serious medical conditions including depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

5. You value 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 those you love.

Your relationships are just too significant to permit hearing loss to create instances of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the stress of others always needing to repeat themselves.

6. You’re self-confident

You’re not attempting to hide the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to ensure your own quality of life.

In fact, many hearing aid users have reported superior 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 add to the list?

There are countless reasons to proudly wear hearing aids: let us know in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.