Why do people delay getting hearing aids?
Did you know the average person waits seven years before seeking help for their hearing loss? Research shows that cost is not a top factor, so why don’t people act more quickly? Here are some of the top reasons according to Sergei Kochkin, PH.D., of the Better Hearing Institute.*
1. Attempts to cope privately: Hearing loss usually develops gradually and people learn to cope with it. They turn up the TV volume or look at people to use their eyes to help hear better. They often don’t know they are struggling to hear until someone else points it out to them. Sadly, people who have hearing loss can experience isolation, anxiety, depression or feelings of insecurity. These people tend to avoid social situations.
2. Stigma and Vanity: Some people equate hearing loss with aging. Others worry that they will appear less competent or less attractive. Many are unaware of the wide variety of cosmetic choices and styles of aids available to them today.
3. Unaware of today’s technology. Hearing aid technology has come a long way over the past few decades, yet many do not realize the advancements. Kochkin points to research that shows “76% of hearing aid users report satisfaction (defined as satisfied or very satisfied) with the ability of modern hearing aid to improve their hearing.”
At Highland Hearing Clinic, we find that our patients become more socially active and involved in their community when they start hearing better. They grow more confident communicating in groups and places with background noise. Additionally, Kochkin lists greater earning power, reduced anger, frustration, depression and anxiety and increased self-esteem as just some of the other advantages of using a hearing aid. One could argue that hearing aids make them feel younger, not older.
*For the full article, visit http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/counseling-articles-tips/why-people-delay-solution