Did you know that hearing aid users wait, on average, 10 years before getting help for a hearing loss?
A lot of people pretend they can hear just fine
This hearing fact isn’t surprising when you think about it. Most hearing loss is subtle and gradual, worsening in tandem with our aging. So it isn’t always obvious, like when your vision starts going wonky.
Plus, let’s face it, people can get by with a little hearing loss. They just turn the volume up on their TV, ask others to repeat what they said, or try other coping methods.
Finally, truth be told, fixing bad eyesight with glasses carries no stigma anymore, whereas wearing hearing aids to hear better might — though it’s definitely getting less and less.
Hearing loss differs from vision loss
Hearing loss affects certain pitches and as a result certain sounds and parts of a word are not heard. We try to compensate for this loss of sound by lip reading or trying to fill in the gaps of what we have heard based on the content of the conversation. This makes listening more difficult and requires increased effort causing the listener to become tired towards the end of the day.
Waiting isn’t worth it
Here’s the question, though — is getting by worth it? Is putting off getting help for hearing worth the hit it takes on our quality of life? Is stubbornness worth missing our favourite sounds, lessening our love for music or movies, or isolating us from the people and activities we enjoy most?
If your answer is no and you’re ready to treat your hearing loss, please contact us to book an appointment in Bedfordview or Benoni by calling our office on 011 615 3047 or email email@example.com
Contents of this article originally appeared on https://www.starkey.com/blog/articles/2019/11/People-wait-too-long-to-treat-hearing-loss