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It remains a mystery as to why wearing a pair of glasses—which improve vision impairment—is perceived as an indication of intelligence, while wearing hearing aids—which correct hearing impairment—has been perceived as an indication of old age.

Perhaps it’s about time the stigma of hearing loss is corrected, 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 favorable things we think wearing hearing aids says about you.

1. You enjoy living an active life

Most social gatherings and activities require healthy hearing, while spending time alone at 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 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 retain a stubborn denial of the issue—you’re broad-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to treat it.

3. You’re tech-savvy

Today’s digital hearing aids are like small computers, equipped with incredible features like wireless connectivity, bluetooth streaming, directional microphones, and background noise reduction.

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

4. You’re health conscious

Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have connected hearing loss to major medical ailments including depression, general cognitive decline, memory issues, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

5. You value your relationships

You know that the groundwork 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 important to permit 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 trying to hide the fact that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You love to live an active, social life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the steps to ensure 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 leave out? What would you include in the list?

There are numerous 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.