I can hear well enough! I still have one good ear! Hearing aids don’t work anyways! These are some of the common excuses for not buying hearing aids. Sound familiar? Getting hearing aids can seem like a big change, and many Americans wait for years before treating their hearing loss. Here are some of the most common excuses for not buying hearing aids, and why you shouldn’t use them.
I Can Hear Well Enough
This is one of the most common excuses for not buying hearing aids. It can be hard to admit that you’re not hearing as well as you used to, and many people don’t realize just how bad their hearing loss has become. Think about the last time you heard birds singing, heard the air conditioner turn on and off, or heard the clicking of your car’s turning light. Even if you think you’re still hearing well enough, you are probably missing out on a lot of the sounds around you, and reducing your quality of life by not buying hearing aids.
I Still Have One Good Ear
Do you have a good ear and a bad ear? Hearing loss can affect your ears differently, and it’s common for hearing loss to be worse in one ear. Compared to your bad ear, your good ear can pick up a few more sounds, and you turn your head to have people speak into your good ear. However, just because one of your ears can hear more than the other, doesn’t mean your good ear is hearing everything.
Most people have hearing loss in their good ear as well, and struggle to hear. Even when people speak into your good ear, it can be hard to make out what’s being said. Not only that, but you will have difficulty localizing sounds, or figuring out where in the environment sounds are coming from. Treating hearing loss will help both your good ear and bad ear hear clearly and improve your overall wellbeing.
I’m Too Young to Have Hearing Loss
A common excuse for not buying hearing aids is a belief that only older adults have hearing loss. Age related hearing loss is common, and you may start to notice the effects of hearing loss in your 40s or 50s. Not only that, but noise induced hearing loss affects people of all ages, including children and young adults.
You’re not too young to have hearing loss, and treating hearing loss won’t make you seem old. In fact, modern hearing aids are extremely sophisticated, attractive devices that are barely noticeable. Some hearing aids are placed into the ear canal, and are completely invisible. All the kids are wearing earbuds that are far more obvious than your hearing aids, and assistive technology is becoming more common than ever before.
Hearing Aids Don’t Work Anyways
When was the last time you looked closely at a hearing aid? Or have you recently tried an inexpensive, mail order hearing aid? If you’re imagining a clunky hearing aid from 10 years ago that squealed in your ear, then you’re in for a treat. Modern hearing aids have improved in the past few years, and they work better than ever before. They cancel out feedback, reduce background noise, and have speech enhancement features to help you focus on important sounds. They make sounds clearer, not just louder, and you can find devices that will automatically switch between programs and settings for a seamless listening experience.
Hearing Aids are Too Expensive
Hearing aids are an investment. But they’re not frivolous. Investing in hearing aids is investing in your future, in your hearing, and in your quality of life. Investing in hearing aids will help you have meaningful connections with your loved ones, hear every word in conversations with friends, and enjoy a deeper social life. With hearing aids you’ll reduce your risk of social isolation, loneliness, depression, and even dementia.
Before you invest in hearing aids, you can try them out during a risk-free trial, and see how they’ll work for you. If you don’t think they’re the right devices, you can try again until you find devices that make you confident in your investment.
If you’ve been struggling to hear, we’re here to help! Stop making these common excuses, and contact us today to learn more about how hearing aids can benefit you.