According to a study, time of day, such as mealtimes, influences patterns of decision making. Such decisions would include decisions made in a hearing instrument specialist’s office, according to another study. Research exploring the biases of human decision making figures prominently.
An article in 2011 showed that highly professional judges, for example, made negative decisions about prisoners’ requests more often just before mealtimes than based on merit. The research overwhelmingly showed that decisions that involved risk were based upon time of day. Even highly professional judges were influenced by time of day, so that others being influenced as well would be probable.
Buying hearing aids is subject to risk-taking such that factors like financial cost and changes to one’s identity figure into the process. But time of day influences the outcome, too. Careful consideration, free of bias, is not always the leading factor.
Another study was done in hearing care professionals’ offices to determine if the same was true for hearing loss patients as with judges and prisoners. Of course at mealtimes rates of purchase of hearing aids for treatment of hearing loss were lower across the board.
Basically, non-audiological factors influence whether or not an individual with hearing loss seeks hearing aids as a rehabilitative response. The best thing to do would be for hearing care professionals to discuss these findings with hearing loss patients before they make their final decision.
If you think you need hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.