Do You Really Need A Hearing Aid?
After being diagnosed with hearing loss, many individuals will wait months, if not years, before finally getting a hearing aid. There are many reasons that people delay getting a hearing aid, including denial, appearance and cost.
Individuals with hearing loss may also feel that their hearing is still acceptable, and therefore justify delaying getting a hearing aid. But ‘acceptable’ hearing may still be improved upon with the help of a hearing aid.
When Should You Get A Hearing Aid?
According to the MarkeTrak VIII survey on hearing impairment in the US, conducted in 2009 by the American hearing expert, Sergei Kochkin, 55.4% of Americans cited ‘my hearing loss has worsened’ as the reason for them deciding to get their first hearing aid.
There are a number of indicators that your hearing loss may be impacting your quality of life. Some of the more common symptoms can include:
- Your friends and family tell you that you need to get your hearing checked
- You struggle to hear in social situations with multiple people talking at once
- You prefer the TV or radio at a higher volume than you used to
- You often complain that people are mumbling
- You have trouble understanding people when they are not looking directly at you
- Your hearing loss has reduced your confidence
- Conversations feel they they require your full effort and attention
- You ask people to repeat themselves and often say “what?”
- You prefer to use closed captions when watching television
- You prefer to use the speakerphone feature during phone calls
- You miss calls because you no longer hear the phone ringing
- You no longer participate in social activities because of your difficulty hearing
The Benefits Of A Hearing Aid
There are many reasons that people will delay getting a hearing aid, but there are even better reasons to get one!
- Improved hearing! Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. Increased confidence. When you can hear clearly, you’ll be more self-assured in restaurants, on the job, and in social and public settings.
- Improved relationships. Communication is the cornerstone of any relationship. Hearing clearly can facilitate communication and improve your relationships.
- Reduced risk of memory loss or dementia. Recent studies have shown a link between hearing loss and memory loss or dementia, as the brain is lacking the stimulation that comes from hearing. Hearing aids can help to mitigate this.
- More energy! Struggling to hear all day takes a great deal of energy for your brain. Hearing aids can help to reduce this mental fatigue, leaving you feel more energized throughout the day.
- Improved quality of life. 70% of respondents to a study in Germany identified that digital hearing aids improved their overall quality of life.
- Avoid impacting your earning potential. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact your earning potential. Don’t let your wallet take the hit, when hearing aids can help!
- Improved safety. Avoid missing out on emergency sounds such as fire alarms or calls for help.
If you’re ready to speak to a hearing care professional about how a hearing aid can improve your quality of life, contact us at (212) 786-5741 today. At Sutton Hearing & Balance, we want to help you enjoy a fuller life through better hearing. Request your free hearing assessment now.