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"Dear Dr. Roach: Why are so many people reluctant to wear a hearing aid?” … This question was seen in the February 12, 2014 Courier & Press. The answer left me confused. He didn't answer the question at all. So, I thought I'd give it a try.
Dear Dr. Esterline: Why are so many people reluctant to wear a hearing aid? It seems as though there is a stigma associated with it.
Dear Reader: There is a social stigma against hearing aids. The stigma says, "Oh, you wear hearing aids. You must be old." Or, the stigma has been known to say, "Since you have hearing aids, you must be a little slow. I'll speak up and use small words so you can hear me." The stigma isn't too bright.
Hearing loss in industrial countries like our own has a lot to do with work, and recreational, history around loud noises. Factory work, motorcycle riding, construction, concerts, and the like are more detrimental to hearing than the simple process of aging. In the US, hearing loss to noise exposure is measurable by age 35. That is not old by any standard!
Hearing aids say as much about mental abilities as artwork says about the time of day ... nothing! Hearing impairment does cause folks to misunderstand what is being said. But, that is kind of like me (native English speaker) listening to someone speaking Dutch and trying to make out the conversation. Give me a couple years of training in the language and we'll go again. Give a hearing impaired person new hearing aids, and watch out! Better hearing equals better speech understanding.
Sometimes, people put off getting hearing aids because someone they know had a bad experience with them. I invite both of those people to come see me and work through their issues. Many times a bad experience can be corrected with improved programming on a device.
Some people are put off by the cost of hearing aids. I have tried to mitigate that issue with an unbundled approach to pricing. In our office the price of the instrument is separate from the price of service. That way, you do not pay for something you do not use. Further, studies have shown that untreated hearing loss has a higher cost in lost income, health and safety concerns, and quality of life costs than the price tag of a hearing aid.
Vanity may be a barrier to hearing aid use. Again, come talk to me. We have technology available today that is nearly invisible.
Dear Reader, these are some of the reasons people put off wearing hearing aids. I hope this is a more thorough answer to your question. And, I hope this helps in getting your hearing impaired loved ones to take the next step in improving their communication difficulties and their family relationships.
Dr. Angela K. Esterline
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This is a neat blog from the UK we thought some of you might enjoy. Zizi is nine years old and makes accessories for her hearing devices. She has some great ideas, as well as tutorial videos.
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