Hearing loss is incredibly common, especially as we age. However, many people who experience hearing loss are hesitant to get help or use hearing aids. Research shows that among adults 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids, only 30% actually use them. That number drops even further to 16% when looking at adults aged 20-69.
When looking at a gap this big it’s impossible not to wonder what is causing it. Let’s examine a few of the reasons people are hesitant to get hearing aids, as well as the importance of addressing your hearing loss as soon as possible.
Common Reasons People Don’t Get Hearing Aids
- Stigma. Many people worry that using hearing aids will make them look old or that people will view them as less abled.
- Hearing loss is gradual. While sudden hearing loss does occur, most cases of hearing loss happen gradually. It might be so gradual that you don’t notice it at first in the same way you might if you started to have trouble with your vision.
- Not tested. Many people who could benefit from hearing tests simply don’t get them or have access to them.
- Denial. Even if you or your loved ones have noticed struggles with your hearing you might be tempted to insist that it isn’t a problem. Or you might resign yourself to the fact that it’s a natural part of getting older, and nothing needs to be done about it.
- Worries about cost. Even though there are plenty of affordable options when it comes to hearing aids, some people worry that they will be expensive and not worth the price.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait
It’s easy to put off a hearing test, but nearly all hearing loss is progressive. It doesn’t get better on its own. Treatment for hearing loss is likely to be the most successful the sooner the condition is diagnosed.
Not being able to hear the sermon at church or follow the conversation when you’re out with friends at The Boiler Room makes it harder to enjoy your life to the fullest.
Additionally, untreated hearing loss is associated with other serious issues such as:
- Isolation and loneliness
- Depression and anxiety
- Cognitive decline and dementia
- Increased risk of balance issues and falls
If you or your loved ones have noticed problems with your hearing, schedule a hearing test today. Take control of your health and help improve your connection to the world around you.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Central Plains ENT today.