When it comes to hearing aids, the most difficult hurdle to clear is admitting you need help hearing in the first place, but you are not alone. Forty-eight million people in this country suffer from some form of hearing loss, but only 20 percent of individuals who might benefit from hearing aids actually seek help, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Here are the top three objections to wearing hearing aids:
“I can hear. People mumble and need to speak up.”
Hearing loss is often a gradual process, one that may seem very subtle. But if friends and loved ones often have to shout to get your attention, the television volume is turned up too high, or you complain people mumble and need to speak up, you most likely need a comprehensive hearing examination performed by a doctoral-level audiologist. The examination can help an audiologist determine your exact hearing and recommend the best treatment. Remember, hearing loss is invisible, and you may not know what you aren’t hearing.
“Hearing aids cost too much.”
Hearing aids range widely in price from product to product, and provider to provider. As a general rule, basic entry-level technology can be available for as little as $1,000 per ear. More advanced technology ranges up to $3,000 per ear, depending on the desired features and function. But the true cost of hearing loss goes far beyond the hearing exam or technology purchased.
Research shows hearing aids improve job performance, quality of life, and health. Studies have connected untreated hearing loss to depression, cognitive decline, and dementia. Other research has shown a connection between diabetes and hearing loss, heart disease and hearing loss, and a greater risk of falling and hospitalization.
“My friend says his hearing aids don’t work.”
Hearing aid technology and performance are key to satisfaction, and may be why one person’s hearing aids work great, and another’s don’t. First, there is a big difference in the level of technology available today. Not all hearing aids are created equal. But assuming your friend purchased good technology, hearing aid performance also depends on whether the hearing aids were properly fit, programmed, and verified.
Even the most expensive hearing aids won’t do any good if they aren’t programmed specifically for the individual’s hearing loss. Likewise, less expensive technology may work well if it’s fit and programmed correctly for the individual. To be sure you don’t purchase a hearing aid that ends up in your nightstand drawer, consult a doctoral-level audiologist.
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