Do you know why many people who need hearing aids do not wear them?
Most people are in denial that they have hearing loss. A number of people don’t even realize that they have hearing loss until it becomes severe. Hearing tests are generally not conducted during your annual doctor’s exam, unless there’s a cause for concern and the patient specifically requests that one is administered.
Hearing loss and wearing hearing aids was stigmatized in earlier generations, so most people don’t bother to seek help or treatment.
If you prefer a hearing aid that is more discreet, there are so many hearing aid styles that are so small and nearly invisible to the naked eye. They can repel moisture and dust, connect wirelessly to any of your Bluetooth®-enabled devices, and some can even keep track of how active you are by letting you know how many steps you’ve taken or how active you keep your brain.
Many people choose to be in denial about their hearing loss. Hearing loss is sometimes a gradual process, so it’s difficult to recognize that you are experiencing it. Most people who are hard of hearing may believe that everyone who they hear is mumbling as they talk. They may raise the volume to their TV or stereo system. They might have trouble listening to people speak if there’s too much background noise. None of these signs seem serious enough to get help.
This struggle to hear will eventually get worse, so it’s important to get help immediately in order to preserve the hearing that you still have.
Hearing loss can happen for a multitude of reasons from aging to noise-induced hearing loss, or viruses like the measles or mumps.
Common Misconceptions About Hearing Aids
Some people don’t think that hearing aids are helpful. Just as hearing loss can be a gradual process for many, acclimating to hearing aids is also a gradual process that takes patience.
One issue that patients frequently notice are loud feedback noises that come from hearing aids. These noises are caused by a poor fitting. If you are hearing feedback noises, let your hearing instrument specialist know this so that they can make adjustments as necessary.
There’s also the false notion that you’ll need to train your ears more vigorously.
Others believe that using a hearing aid actually causes harm to your ability to hear, or wearing hearing aids will make you completely dependent on the devices and the technical support that they provide.
This is false.
The reality is, hearing cannot be restored. Once it’s gone, it is gone forever. What hearing aids can do is slow down your hearing loss and help keep the hearing abilities that you still have. It’s important to constantly hear sounds, so that your brain stays active. If your brain stops being active, you will have higher risks of dementia. Learn more about why it’s important to wear your hearing aids all day and every day.
Visit our Pure Sound Hearing offices to receive a complimentary hearing test and consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.