Getting to Know Your Hearing Aids

Disabling Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects far more people than most may assume. It is an invisible disability. You cannot tell someone is deaf or hard of hearing from looking at them and they are under-represented and misrepresented in the media. So it likely surprises people to learn that hearing loss is more common than diabetes and three times more common than cancer. Studies estimate that 13% of the population over the age of 18 suffers from it. Less than three out of every 1,000 children born in the United States are born with some measurable level of impairment to their hearing, but this number increases steadily with age. Hearing loss occasionally happens as the result of a severe traumatic event, but much more often it comes on gradually. By the time someone is 75 years old or older one out of every two people will be coping with it. and sadly, more than two-thirds of these people do not seek treatment. 

Understanding Why Someone Might Resist Hearing Aids

It seems perplexing at first that anyone should choose to live with a disability when the options to do so are plentiful. But the reasons are not so mysterious. First of all, hearing loss often comes on gradually, which means that someone is likely to not even notice the difference. It is much more common to notice the symptoms of hearing loss in someone else than in yourself. A friend or family member may be watching the television at an uncommonly loud volume or they may ask you to repeat yourself frequently or misunderstand you. Studies reveal that the average person that wears a hearing aid has lived for seven years knowing that they needed one before committing to doing so. 

Secondly, when someone does begin to suspect that they themselves might be having trouble hearing, they are likely to minimize the severity. They might think they can modify their behavior a little and learn to live with it, failing to account for the many life-changing and dire consequences that it often leads to. What may seem at first like only a minor inconvenience can actually lead quite easily to feelings of social isolation. It is exhausting to follow conversations in public spaces with background noise or when multiple people are talking at once. Your brain has to work extra hard to determine which noises to block out to follow a conversation. It is only natural that someone may begin to find that socializing is not worth the trouble. This social withdrawal can lead to loneliness, depression and even disorientation. 

Finally, many older people might carry old fashioned attitudes toward the deaf and hard of hearing. It can be difficult to admit to yourself that you now require something that you associate with old people. It suggests you are old. But as demographics change, the average age of the population increases, hearing health issues only become more and more common. There should be no more stigma to wearing aids than there is to wearing eyeglasses. But when they think of hearing aids people might assume they are clunky and uncomfortable.

Your Options

Nothing could be further from the truth. Hearing aid technology has advanced greatly over the years. From an outsider’s perspective it might be more accurate to compare wearing a hearing aid nowadays to wearing contact lenses. No one is likely to notice. Hearing aids are mostly about 1.5 cm long and rest behind your ear. A minuscule tube will run from it into your earhole. 

You should expect a momentary period of adjustment, not unlike wearing a new piece of jewelry. Minuscule as they may be, you will have a new physical object on you. But once you commit and intentionally get in the habit of wearing them, the transformation to your entire life is immediate and profound. You are likely to have a period of psychological transition, becoming accustomed to the vivid new clarity that comes rushing in suddenly. 

Commit Today 

Of course hearing aids are an investment. But there are many options. Make an appointment to visit one of our specialists today and they will personalize exactly what treatment plan is just right for your condition and your budget. and what price can you really put on immediately and significantly improving your quality of life?