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When it comes to your hearing, eventually you will realize if something is wrong. Whether it’s your eyes or your ears, it doesn’t take long before denial only works when you have an audience. Hearing loss when untreated can be a very lonely experience. The longer you deny a hearing loss the more dangerous your denial becomes. In fact, health risks of hearing loss can include headaches, muscle tension, and increased stress and blood pressure levels. Some studies have even linked hearing loss to depression, fatigue, social withdrawal, and impaired memory.
Sadly only 20% of those individuals who might benefit from treatment actually seek help and this can go on for way too long. Most tend to delay treatment until they cannot communicate even in the best of listening situations. On average, hearing aid users wait over 10 years after their initial diagnosis to be fit with their first set of hearing aids. If people could understand the benefits of treating their hearing and the dangers of denial, perhaps these common excuses as to why not to invest in hearing aids can be quickly debunked.
“It’s not my hearing, it’s your speaking!”
Hearing loss has a tendency to sneak up on people, as it is usually a gradual process brought on over time by noise damage. This slow decline in hearing can be easy to miss, causing you to believe you’re fine – it’s the people around you who are mumbling or speaking too quietly.
But consider this: is it more likely that everyone is mumbling and speaking too quietly or that your hearing is the problem? A simple hearing test can answer this question for you.
“Hearing aids are too complicated”
Avoid over the counter hearing aids as these are not tailored to your specific needs and actually can seem to make hearing aids more trouble than they are worth. To recommend a great pair of hearing aids, our audiologist considers your lifestyle needs, hearing loss level, budget, and other personalized factors. This allows us to fit you with a comfortable set of hearing aids. We can then program the hearing aid to suit your daily needs
“Hearing Aids are too expensive”
It is true, the high price of hearing aids can be a barrier for individuals who want help with their hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can affect your relationships at home, your earning power at work, your physical and mental health. Certainly, a hearing aid will set you back a little more money. If you examine the many other troubles associated with going without one or buying a cheaper device, it’s a clear a financial choice. Ask about our financing options as well! We’re eager to help you hear better and are prepared to make that goal possible.
“Hearing aids will make me look old.”
There have been great strides made in hearing aid styles, from the traditional Behind-The-Ear hearing aid to the nearly unseen Invisible-In-Canal hearing aid. Depending on your level of hearing loss, you can choose a discreet hearing aid, which will remain unseen by others.
“These new features are too hard to use.”
Adapting to hearing aids does involve a learning curve and some people may find the process more challenging than others. However, the great news is that hearing aids can make an enormous difference to your quality of life, your health, and even your financial situation. And how well you overcome the challenges of adjusting to hearing aids depends a lot on your attitude and approach. Modern hearing aids offer so many innovative features that make your life easier. It can be a challenge for new hearing aid users to learn how to make the most of those features, especially if you’re not so familiar with modern technology.
“I don’t know where to find the right hearing aids.”
At Glendora Hearing Aids, we can help you find the best hearing aids for your lifestyle needs. We provide personalized hearing evaluations and hearing aid counseling to help you find the right hearing aids for you. If you are ready to have your hearing tested to see which hearing aids are right for you, contact us for an appointment today.