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It remains a mystery as to why wearing 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 reversed, and we redefine what it means for our bodies to work together with technology.

The question is, when you see 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 prefer living an active life

Most social events and activities demand healthy hearing, while hanging out by yourself 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 stop you 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 assert a stubborn denial of the problem—you’re open-minded enough to admit to your hearing loss and practical enough to correct it.

3. You’re tech-savvy

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

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

4. You’re health conscious

Several new studies, especially from Jonhs Hopkins University, have attributed hearing loss to significant medical ailments such as depression, general cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

5. You treasure your relationships

You understand that the framework 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 just too important to permit hearing loss to create occasions of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the hassle of others always needing to repeat themselves.

6. You’re self-confident

You’re not attempting to cover up the reality that you wear hearing aids—you’re proud of it. You like to live an active, sociable life and you’re proud that you’ve taken the actions to secure your own quality lifestyle.

In fact, many hearing aid users have reported improved 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 countless reasons to wear hearing aids with pride: Tell us in a comment some of the reasons you wear hearing aids so we can keep the list going.