Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages. Approximately 38.2 million Americans (14.3 percent) report some degree of hearing loss. In fact, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states “approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 live with hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.”
While approximately 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from wearing hearing aids fewer than 16 percent have ever used them. Allot of people live in denial that they have a problem at all. Perhaps this is because hearing loss is an affliction that develops slowly over time. By the time the people around you realize you have hearing loss often it is very difficult to communicate at all. If your loved one is struggling to hear well, you may have heard one of these reasons for not wearing hearing aids:
“I can hear just fine.”
A person with hearing difficulties tends to think they are just fine because the problem usually starts gradually. Most elderly people also embrace the change and believe there is nothing wrong with not being able to hear properly, it’s just something that happens. Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults; 91% of adults with hearing loss are aged 50 and older while those older than 80 have the greatest amount of hearing loss However, it’s usually others around them who notice the signs.
“It’s not my hearing, you mumble.”
In many cases of hearing loss, people can hear well in quiet surroundings, but might experience difficulty in chaotic or noisy situations. As a result, they feel the problem is not in their hearing, but in the conversation or tones people are speaking in around them.
“My friend doesn’t like hearing aids”
This is one of the most common excuses people make to not get their hearing tested. It is important to know everyone has different experiences with hearing aids. If someone is having trouble with their hearing aids, they should seek help from their hearing care professional to ensure proper fitting and settings are being followed. Hearing aids take a while to adjust to but the positive aspects of being able to communicate will out weigh the adjustment period.
“They are expensive”
The high price tag is often a barrier to getting the help and relief hearing aids provide, but it doesn’t have to be. Hearing aids are an important investment; these are devices you’ll be wearing most of your waking hours, seven days a week. While hearing aids are an investment, the improvement in the quality of life is well worth the price tag. There are payment plans to make the process more manageable over a period of time.
“They are complicated to use”
It’s important to understand that your hearing aid can’t make your hearing what it used to be. But as you use it, you’ll become more aware of sounds and where they are coming from.
When you first get your hearing aids, be patient. It may take some time to get used to them.
“They make screeching noises”
Older hearing aid models may make screeching noises; however, thanks to ever advancing technology, the newer designs have eliminated background noise so you should not receive any annoying feedback.
“It will be difficult talking on the phone”
The latest hearing aids have been made to make phone conversations comfortable. They are equipped with special features specifically for the purpose of connecting to mobile devices.
“Hearing aids make me look old”.
Wearing a hearing aid can be a reminder of aging, however newer designs and models make them more discreet than ever. Additionally, not being able to hear or participate conversations around you at work and with loved ones will make you appear older than you actually are.
Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center
The time to act is now. If you have been in denial about your hearing loss you are not only doing a disservice to yourself but your friends and family as well. Hearing aids can help you feel more empowered and in more control of the life you love. Contact us at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center and get on the road to a better more communicative and independent life.