Why Do People Shy Away from Treating Hearing Loss?

Why Do People Shy Away from Treating Hearing Loss?

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Are you struggling to hear? You’re one of roughly 40 million Americans who have hearing loss. Does this number surprise you? It might shock you to learn that millions of Americans can’t hear, because many people choose to ignore their hearing loss and shy away from treating their hearing loss. While ignoring hearing loss seems like the easiest solution at first, as time goes on the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss will affect your emotional, mental, and physical health.

Why Do People Shy Away from Treating Hearing Loss?

Sadly, 2 in 3 people who need hearing aids choose not to treat their hearing loss. People shy away from treating hearing loss in part due to the negative stigma associated with hearing loss. Many are afraid that admitting that they’re struggling to hear is like admitting that they’re old. After all, only seniors have hearing loss, right? Wrong! Hearing loss affects adults, teenagers, and even children, and hearing loss is becoming more common among every age group as noise increases in our cities, and more people have noise induced hearing loss. It’s time to stop shying away from treatment, realize you’re not alone in your hearing loss, and do the right thing for your hearing health.

Hearing Loss is Costing you More than Your Hearing Health

Another reason people shy away from treating their hearing loss is the price tag attached to the hearing devices. You might think the investment is too high, but choosing to live with untreated hearing loss will cost you far more than you think.

Ignoring hearing loss doesn’t solve the problem, and the longer you live with untreated hearing loss the worse your hearing will become. As your hearing deteriorates, it will become harder to have a conversation, and no matter how many times your friends repeat themselves, you just can’t make out what they’re saying. You may start staying at home rather than joining your friends for drinks, and face social isolation and loneliness. Those with hearing loss are far more likely have anxiety, depression, and even dementia.

Not only does hearing loss affect your mental and emotional health, it is costing your more than you think. Those with hearing loss have higher health care bills than their hearing peers, are hospitalized more often, and visit the doctor more frequently. Hearing loss could even cost you your job if you’re struggling to hear instructions from the boss, communicate with coworkers, or create a safety hazard when you’re unable to hear warning bells or shouts.

Avoid Over the Counter Hearing Aids

Another reason people shy away from treating hearing loss is because they’ve had a bad experience with over the counter hearing aids in the past. Those with mild hearing loss may choose to purchase over the counter hearing aids, or purchase hearing devices online. While this technology can work for some people, it often doesn’t work as well as you’d like. Standardized hearing devices aren’t made to fit your unique ear, and don’t provide a good fit, leading to discomfort, pain, or annoying feedback. Hearing aids also need to be calibrated to your exact hearing profile, and if you’ve purchased hearing aids online, you’re less likely to find a hearing health specialist to make the necessary adjustments to provide you with clear hearing.

When these devices don’t provide quality hearing help, people are reluctant to spend more money to visit a hearing health specialist and find an effective treatment for their hearing loss.

Treating Hearing Loss

The first step to treating hearing loss is getting a comprehensive hearing test to determine your unique hearing profile. Call us at My Hearing Centers to schedule an appointment and learn more about your hearing needs. Don’t shy away from treating your hearing loss, but visit us today to learn how treating your hearing loss will change your life. You’ll enjoy easy conversations, great relationships with your friends and loved ones, job security, and increased safety. Ask about our smallest Completely in the Canal hearing aids, and no one will even notice you’re wearing hearing aids. The only thing people will notice is how young you seem, so take the first step to treating hearing loss, and give us a call.