Not being able to hear is a common problem; in fact, as many as 50% of all American adults over the age of 60 have hearing loss. But because of the stigma associated with hearing aids, the most common solution for hearing loss, many elect not to seek help. Experts hope to overcome this barrier to treatment once and for all.
Why Do People Avoid Hearing Aids?
While hearing aids can be expensive, experts do not think the price point is the reason that fewer than 20% of those with hearing loss actually seek treatment.
Hearing loss is commonly associated with old age. So it is not surprising that hearing aids, a visual clue to others that you have been diagnosed with a hearing loss, have been linked with this condition.
What do you think makes you look older, a small device sitting behind your ear or constantly having to ask those around you to repeat themselves and incorrectly answering the barista’s question because you misheard them while ordering your morning coffee at Mercurys Coffee Company?
Hearing aids have come a long way since the big, bulky devices your grandparents wore. Modern hearing aids are created with design in mind; many of the newer devices feature the sleek look adopted by fashionable wearable technology brands. They also come in a wide variety of colors to help them blend seamlessly into your hair or skin. If you want to stand out from the crowd, some hearing aid manufacturers even offer their devices in fun colors such as bright red or silver.
Not all hearing aids are noticeable. The technology within hearing aids has become so advanced that some models sit completely within the ear canal and are practically invisible.
Benefits of Seeking Treatment
Thanks to numerous studies, experts now understand more than ever the importance of treating your hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of depression, falls, social isolation, hospitalization, cognitive decline and dementia. This means choosing not to seek treatment can do more than impact your ability to hear, it can affect your overall mental, physical and emotional health. To learn more about why now is the time to seek treatment for your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with an expert, contact Hearing Advancement Center today.