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According to the International Journal of Audiology, 40% of 55-to 74-year-olds suffer from an age-related hearing loss. Eighty percent of those who would gain from using a hearing aid are not using one. and up to 25% of those who already have hearing aids are not wearing them.
Why don’t people like hearing aids? There are pragmatic reasons for this: however, in many situations, emotional factors are the real issue. Here are some of explanations people give for not using hearing aids, and why they should.
“I can hear just fine.”
Due to the gradual nature of hearing loss, many people don’t believe they have a problem. Usually they will blame the people they talk to, or the loud music. It may also be exacerbated by the help of a well-meaning but misguided caregiver who helps repeat things not heard clearly, or speaking louder themselves. To solve this, a hearing evaluation by a hearing care provider will provide the objective data required to convince people who overlook the need for treatment.
“Hearing aids are a sign of aging.”
Many people are concerned with looking like they’re ‘past it’ by wearing a hearing aid. This is particularly acute in the world of work, where dynamism and vitality are seen as almost essential abilities to possess in any role. Although it’s true that hearing aids are generally used by older people, the fastest way to look older is to persistently ask your conversation partner to repeat what they have said. And that is a common occurrence in those with untreated hearing loss.
“I’m too old for hearing aids”
People who think that the cost of treatment is not worthwhile for them must be aware that management of hearing loss is an important part of successful aging. It’s not just for those who want to maintain an active lifestyle. Furthermore, those with untreated hearing loss are also more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and dementia. A key strategy for mitigating the physiological and psychological effects of ageing is monitoring your hearing health, maintaining your independence and staying touch with the people around you. A hearing aid is one of the best ways to help achieve all three.
“Hearing aids can be noisy.”
Granted, poor fittings will make hearing aids noisy and annoying if it you haven’t been trained to configure them properly to your needs. Our hearing specialists will teach you everything you need to know about how to use and maintain your hearing aids properly.
“I cannot afford hearing aids.”
Hearing aids have a variety of price points, so you will surely find hearing aids that are within your budget –even if you have a fixed income. There are indeed some private health care plans which cover the cost of hearing tests and even cover the cost of a hearing aid partially or fully. To find out about more, consult with your health insurance company or benefits manager.
“It’s low on my list of health priorities.”
Sometimes the individual is well aware of a hearing loss, but there are other issues that have a higher importance in their life. It may be another physical condition which is considered more serious than hearing loss.
After dealing with the more urgent issue, the person may plan to deal with the hearing loss at a later date. While this is an understandable point of view, the individual may not realize that hearing loss is actually contributing to other health problems, and that addressing the hearing loss can help mitigate other issues too. An example might be depression or dementia, two conditions which are much more common in those with untreated hearing loss.
Hearing Health in Portland
Compromised hearing is seen as a possible cause of social isolation and depression. Tackling your hearing loss can help alleviate other issues that you never thought were related to hearing loss in your life. By getting your hearing tested, not only are you taking charge of your hearing health, but you are also choosing to be there for your family and friends, because good communication is essential to maintain in any relationship. Contact us today to arrange a hearing test!