Hearing aids have come a long way in a very short time. They are more comfortable and loaded with features than we ever could have imagined 40 years ago. Hearing aids have also been shown in study after study to positively impact our health. Not just our hearing health but overall health.
So why don’t more of those who could benefit from wearing hearing aids do?
This is the question many experts are trying to answer.
Hearing loss and hearing aids
Hearing loss is more common than many realize or like to think. Almost 40 million Americans, about 15%, report some trouble hearing. And that’s just adults! Of those, it is believed that nearly 30 million could benefit from wearing hearing aids. Unfortunately, only a small number of those do wear hearing aids.
Whether it’s because their hearing loss is unrecognized and undiagnosed or they are avoiding wearing them for one reason or another, experts worry that not using hearing aids could be posing a higher risk to public health.
Treating hearing loss with hearing aids has been linked to a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, social isolation and cognitive decline, just to name a few. This is all in addition to their primary job of managing hearing loss to potentially help slow the progression.
With so many reasons to wear them, why aren’t we?
Why people don’t wear them
Over recent years, experts have begun taking a closer look at the many reasons why people don’t wear hearing aids. These range from worry about appearance and self-perception to cost and so many things in between:
Don’t let fear or misconceptions stand in the way of treating your hearing loss with hearing aids. It could make a bigger impact on your health than you realize. If you have questions about hearing aids, how to afford hearing aids or would like to schedule a hearing evaluation to determine if you have hearing loss, contact our office to schedule an appointment.