It’s time we all start talking about hearing loss and how beneficial hearing aids can be.
People’s opinions have come a long way in the past few years with regard to
hearing loss and hearing aids. But there is still a lot of misconception and
negative perceptions that need to change.
Today, there are approximately 38 million Americans who have a significant
hearing loss according to the Center for Hearing and Communication. Yet,
roughly 15 million people avoid seeking help. In fact, on average, people with
hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help.
The question is why.
The simple fact is people avoid getting hearing aids for a number of reasons.
Cost is often a big factor. But perhaps the bigger reasons have to do with
negative perceptions. Common beliefs include that “hearing aids are for the
old,” “I’ll be treated differently,” “they’re too noticeable” and more. It’s time to
change these perceptions.
Did you know?
Hearing loss can affect anyone at any time. Nearly 60% of people with a hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings. The perception that hearing aids are only for the old simply isn’t true. Today’s technology delivers amazing, high-fidelity sound, and can adjust automatically to your environment and connect wirelessly to other devices such as cell phones and TVs. Plus there are sleek new designs and colors to match your personal style, hearing aids are nothing to run from.
What about the social aspect?
There’s good news here too. Research shows that hearing better can actually help boost your quality of life and keep you active. Better hearing can improve relationships, your sense of humor, self-confidence, communication and more. So while most people don’t associate hearing well with being healthy, the two are closely connected.
What can you do to help?
Pass it on: there’s no need to run from hearing loss. If you wear hearing aids, wear them proudly and tell your story. Share with others the success you’ve had and how hearing better has improved your life. If you or someone you know could benefit from hearing aids, chances are you’re right. Take the leap and make an appointment today.
Hearing loss: it happens to most of us to some degree. After all, it‘s a natural part
of the aging process. Between the ages of 30 and 40, the cells in our inner ears
begin to die, and this gradually takes a toll on our hearing. For approximately 1 in
10 people, that hearing loss reaches a point where a hearing aid is required.
The great news today is advances in technology have made hearing aids much more
sophisticated and discreet than they used to be. So, if you’ve decided it’s time to
overcome perceptions, knock down roadblocks and get back into a life full of glorious
sounds, here’s where you can get help.
Your family physician is a good place to start. He or she can refer you to a variety of
hearing healthcare professionals trained in evaluating hearing loss and recommending
Audiologists are trained in the measurement of hearing loss, disorders of the ears and
the recommendation and dispensing of hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
Hearing Instrument Specialists are trained to perform hearing tests as well as to recommend and dispense hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) Doctors can help determine whether your hearing loss is due to a disease of the ear, nose and throat and whether it is treatable with surgery or medication.
As you can see, there’s plenty of help out there. Getting your hearing evaluated and learning all you can about hearing loss and treatment options is an easy step. And, it could really make a big difference in your life.
Ready to start? Contact Hearing Aids of Hawaii at 808 875-4517 for a complimentary hearing screening today!
This column was written by Charmane Caterina-Bottorf HIS of Hearing Aids of Hawaii. She can be reached at 411 Huku Li'i Place Ste. 204 Kihei, HI 96753 and
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