The case for early treatment is strong – hearing aids can protect against several health consequences linked to unaddressed hearing loss, like cognitive decline and depression.
Besides allowing wearers to hear conversations, enjoy music and other sounds, hearing aids improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss. They can also help relieve ringing in the ears (tinnitus), boost job performance and improve social interactions.
So, why don’t more individuals with hearing loss invest in hearing aids? Don’t let the following myths keep you from getting help if you have a hearing impairment.
1. “My hearing’s not that bad.”
We know that those with hearing loss wait an average of 5-7 years to seek the help of a hearing health care provider. During that time, communication becomes more difficult, and the risks to your physical and mental health increase. Be proactive in addressing hearing decline and enjoy improved social, emotional and psychological health.
2. “Hearing aids will make me feel old, and I’m not ready for that!”
Nobody wants to get older, but we all will. Some people with hearing loss don’t join activities and conversations because they’re afraid of appearing aged or helpless. Take notice of how many of your friends do better socially because of hearing aids. Connecting with others can help your brain stay younger, fight cognitive decline and keep you involved with the world around you.
3. “I don’t like the way hearing aids look.”
Gone are the days of big, whistling hearing aids. Modern hearing instruments are smaller and more discreet than ever. Cochlear implants have also reduced in size and can be accessorized. Even celebrities, from football star Mike Singletary to former President Bill Clinton, wear hearing devices proudly.
4. “I heard that hearing aids are difficult to use.”
When you start wearing hearing aids, there’s an adjustment period. You, your central auditory system and your brain need to adjust to life with hearing devices. That’s why the team at Associates in Hearing HealthCare offers a trial period, so you can make sure the type of hearing aid you’ve chosen is right for your lifestyle.
5. “Hearing aids are too expensive.”
The average price of hearing aids range from $1,200 to $3,700 per ear for equipment, evaluations, and fittings. But when you factor in the physical and psychological costs associated with poor hearing, it’s money well-spent. And our team will work with you to determine your medical or other benefits coverage, and make appropriate arrangements to fit this necessary expense into your budget.
For many years, the experts at Associates in Hearing HealthCare have seen firsthand the positive impact that hearing aids have on a wearer’s quality of life. Hearing aids users can hear clearly in many settings, and most see a marked improvement in their relationships at home and work, in their social lives and in their communication abilities. Most of our patients even say they feel better about themselves and life overall!