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It remains a mystery as to why wearing eye glasses—which correct vision impairment—is perceived as a sign of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which treat hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication 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 see someone wearing a pair of hearing aids, what do you think?

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

1. You prefer living an active life

Most social gatherings and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time by yourself in your home does not. Wearing hearing aids is therefore a sign that you like to be active and social, and that you’re not going to permit hearing loss stop you from pursuing your favorite activities.

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

When you’re confronted with difficult challenges or obstacles, you find ways to conquer them. You don’t wait around feeling sorry for yourself or sustain 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 small computers, equipped with amazing features like wireless connections, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.

By sporting a pair of modern hearing aids, it shows that you are on the leading-edge of technology, set to reap 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 severe medical conditions including depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

5. You value your relationships

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

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

6. You’re self-confident

You’re not attempting to conceal the reality 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 secure your own quality lifestyle.

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

What do hearing aids say about you?

What did we forget? What would you include in 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.