December 31, 2019

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

We can talk ourselves into pretty much anything! The challenge is to use that ability to better ourselves and our health. Hearing aids used to carry a stigma, cumbersome in design and worn by only the elderly.Today, however, with a combination of technology, design, demand and hearing health becoming a national public health priority, things have changed substantially. Many past excuses no longer apply and better one is educated to the advancements of hearing aids and their increased user-friendly technology and applications the better armed we are to make decisions that enhance our hearing life and all the joys it brings us.There are many myths surrounding hearing aids and we are going to dispel some of the most popular ones one by one.

Age

The demographics for hearing loss have changed considerable in the past decade. With the advent of tablets and smart phones and the ease with which we can now be mobile and listen or watch our favorite shows and music and increased noise pollution the result is a negative impact on the health of our hearing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.”The upside to this problematic trend is that there is a burgeoning supply of hearing devices that can be worn and used daily without being glaringly obvious or for the more adventurous type, wearing designs that enhance their acceptance of wearing hearing aids. Acceptance and education about hearing loss has also changed the younger generations outlook on wearing hearing aids and the negative stereo types of the past no longer apply.On the other end of the spectrum are those that view themselves as too far past their prime to care about their hearing loss and accept it as a normal part of the aging process. This myth too no longer applies. Because many types of hearing loss can now be ameliorated with use of hearing aids, the elderly have many more options across the board to stay empowered and engaged in a fuller hearing experience.https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss

Denial

The loss of hearing can be gradual and degenerative. The person experiencing symptoms might at first be unaware that they are compensating by turning up the volume on their listening devices, TV’s or drifting away from their usual group activities. The danger lies in the lack of action or acknowledgement of their condition. When our hearing is affected the most important thing to do is to have our hearing tested by a hearing health professional and have a plan of action.Common excuses for not attending to our hearing health needs actually impairs our ability to regain and keep our natural hearing process sometimes to the point of no return.Often the people closest to us will recognize the effects of hearing loss before we do, so it only will be a benefit to pay attention, be proactive and maintain independence.Whether one can hear “well enough” or not, getting to the audiologist, having regular checkups, and getting an objective well-informed diagnosis will serve one the ability to maintain or enhance our hearing health.

Inconvenience

Once again, the reputation of hearing aids needs to be updated. The latest technology allows us superior control and many user-friendly applications that allows us to incorporate the use of hearing aids with much less hassle than ever before. From controls that adapt to changing environments programmed to our specific hearing needs to designs that are barely noticeable to the lay person.In the past users of hearing aids had to battle little knobs and manually set controls for different hearing situations. Nowadays, comfort and control, ergonomic design, minimization or elimination of feedback are all common features of the modern hearing aid.

Cost

Along with the myriad options in the market we are also lucky to have more choices. Cost is without a doubt one of the most prohibitive factors but there are viable options which can be explored and discussed with your audiologist. Private insurance plans and supplemental ones for Medicare are available to offset the cost of hearing aids.The most cost-effective way to deal with hearing loss or the possibility of it occurring is to get regular checkups, once every five years for those under 50 and every 3 years for those above.

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If you suspect that your loved one is developing hearing loss, you have likely already heard one or a combination of these excuses for refusing to seek assistance. Often these excuses work in concert with one another, and the struggle to convince a family member or loved one can require logical cartwheels. Knowing some of the most common excuses can help you understand where your loved one is coming from and also to encourage solutions rather than living with limitations.

My Hearing Isn’t That Bad

Perhaps the most common response when confronted with hearing loss is the claim that hearing isn’t that bad and that a person can make do without assistance. Although many people satisfice in the context of limited hearing ability, why continue to struggle with limitations when assistance options are available? The only way to know how bad hearing ability has become is to get a hearing exam by a licensed professional. With this information in hand, you will have a sense not only how your hearing measures up to population averages but also how much you can hear relative to your own starting point.

I’m Getting Along Fine

The partner of the first excuse is the idea that a person can get along fine without hearing aids. Although some people are able to find remarkable work-arounds to complete their daily tasks, there are serious health effects associated with untreated hearing loss. Not only can hearing limitations create a physical risk, they can also lead to mental health problems, emotional burdens, and even cognitive strain. Your loved one might feel like the situation is sufficient, but just imagine how much better life might be with adequate hearing ability. Conversations can be restored to a fluid back-and-forth, information can travel freely, and the stress of not knowing if you will be able to communicate in a given situation can be relieved.

Hearing Aids Are Too Expensive

It is true that hearing aids are a serious investment in your wellbeing, but there are often solutions to make them more affordable. Some forms of insurance cover all or part of the purchase of hearing aids, and other financing options are available, as well. The bigger question might be one of priorities. Knowing that hearing assistance can restore relationships, conversations, and relieve mental anxieties, your loved one might be undervaluing their own health and wellbeing.

Hearing Aids Are Frustrating to Use

In the past, hearing aids were nascent technology with lots of bugs to work out. You may have seen someone struggling with hearing aids, trying to adjust the volume levels or cancel out squealing feedback. Others in the past found that manual dexterity issues or arthritis got in the way of inserting or removing aids. The new features of hearing aids make it possible to remedy many of these frustrating aspects in the past. Some hearing aids are connected to smartphone apps that allow you to easily change volume levels, even setting profiles for different locations or types of events. The latest hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, making it much easier to deal with them comfortably.

Hearing Aids Don’t Work

Maybe your loved one knows someone who had a bad experience with hearing aids. Perhaps this person was unhappy with the amount of assistance received or the trouble that came along with the aids. Although hearing aids don’t promise 100% success for all users, their effectiveness is improving rapidly, and most people with hearing loss find a powerful improvement to their daily lives. The only way to know if they will give you the assistance you seek is to give hearing aids a try.Don’t let one or more of these excuses get in the way of solutions. If your loved one is hesitant to get hearing aids for these or other reasons, perhaps the first step is the simplest. Getting a hearing test is easy, quick, and painless, so why not make an appointment right away. There is no harm in understanding your current hearing ability, and this baseline exam can be helpful to track future hearing ability, as well. If you discover a need for hearing aids, your hearing health professional can assist you in taking the next steps.

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