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In the U.S. one in three people between the age of 65 and 75 struggle with debilitating hearing loss. If you are in this age bracket the odds are pretty high that you are dealing with hearing impairment. If you suspect you have hearing loss it’s a good idea to find out if hearing aids are right for you. While most cases of hearing loss are irreversible hearing aids can improve lost hearing and help make communication a breeze. Hearing aids have been shown to make socialization easier, improve mood, reduce anxiety due to miscommunication, reduce mental fatigue and improve performance at work.
Unfortunately many people who could benefit from using hearing aids choose not to seek help. Many of those who have hearing aids choose not to wear them. If people understand the severity of hearing loss they are more likely to seek help. Let’s explore some common excuses for not wearing hearing aids and why these excesses aren’t helping anyone, especially yourself.
You believe you can hear just fine
Hearing loss develops slowly over time. Often you don’t notice how bad it’s gotten until the people in your life point it out. It is common for those with undiagnosed hearing loss to believe that people around them are mumbling rather than to accept that there might be a hearing issue to consider. If people around you complain that you ask them to repeat themselves often or that you keep the television turned up too high, then there most likely is a problem. Having your hearing tested can rule out other factors so you know for sure the nature of your hearing.
Hearing aids make you look old
You may think that hearing aids will make you seem out of it, or older than you would like to appear. There are many discrete models of hearing aids on the market now that are barely detectable to the people around you. It is also important to note that while wearing hearing aids may tip people off to your hearing loss, nothing will show your age more than having to ask people to repeat themselves or seeming distant or out of it during conversation.
Hearing aids aren’t worth it
Many believe that the cost of treatment is just not worth it, especially if they of advanced age and feel past their prime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hearing aids don’t only help you stay connected to family and friends but help instill a sense of independence. When your hearing is compromised the risk of injury becomes higher. When you can’t tell the direction sound is coming from and are less aware of your surroundings, accidents are bound to happen. With hearing aids you can re-engage with the activities you love. Maintaining an active lifestyle will keep you feeling young and “worth it” for years to come. You can continue to build your relationships and feel connected to the world.
You tried hearing aids and didn’t like them
It can take up to four months for you to get accustomed to hearing aids and to really get the most out of them. When first wearing hearing aids the sounds you became used to missing may sound loud to you. Your own voice may even sound strange at first. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep in communication with us. Our team can help you troubleshoot potential problems with your hearing aids and make sure they are calibrated just right so you can hear you best. You may only notice small changes at first, but it’s important to be patient.
Hearing aids are too expensive
Hearing aids are an important investment. When you understand the benefits of treating hearing loss to your mental health including reducing anxiety, insomnia, depression and dementia it just might seem worth it. When you consider the benefits to your physical health including less falls and less trips to the hospital treating your hearing loss might seem more appealing. When you consider that people with hearing loss struggle to secede at work, miss promotions and decrease their earnings, you can barely afford not to treat your hearing loss.
Don’t put off dealing with your hearing loss another day. The longer you do the worse symptoms can become. You can start by setting up a hearing test today and get on track to a life of joy and thriving with hearing aids.