Are You Avoiding Wearing Hearing Aids?

It’s a common problem in the United States. Around 30 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, but only 15% invest in hearing aids.


So, what’s holding them back? Cost and maintenance are two big hang-ups, but the stigma associated with wearing hearing aids is one of the most prevalent factors preventing people from wearing devices.

 

And it’s not a new concept. Fear of being perceived as old has been associated with hearing aids since their invention.

How Stigma Prevents People from Using Hearing Aids

You may fear wearing hearing aids will “show your age.” While hearing loss often accompanies the aging process, it’s not a health condition exclusive to seniors. According to the World Health Organization, about 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk for hearing loss.

 

Furthermore, avoiding hearing loss treatment can actually make you appear older. You’ll struggle to keep up with conversations and begin to withdraw from social settings altogether. That also puts you at risk for isolation, depression and decreased brain function.

 

Cosmetic appearance is another reason people avoid hearing devices. Luckily, today’s hearing aids pack powerful technology in surprisingly small packages. Behind-the-ear devices use processors that are placed discreetly behind your ears and come in various skin tones. And in-the-ear hearing aids are virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Today’s Hearing Aids are Different

Not only are modern hearing aids smaller than their predecessors, they’re also more technologically advanced. When you invest in a hearing device, you’re not just buying something that will increase the volume of sounds.

 

Most hearing aids come with:

  • Noise cancellation programming to eliminate background noise and improve speech understanding.
  • Directional mics designed to focus on individual speakers.
  • Bluetooth technology, so you can connect to smartphones, tablets, TVs and assistive listening devices.
  • Music streaming and hands-free call capabilities.

 

More advanced hearing aids also offer fitness-tracking options to help you monitor vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate and glucose levels.

 

And if you’re still not convinced, consider this:

 

Hearing aids aren’t the only assistive devices that fit in or around your ears. Headphones, earbuds, AirPods and Bluetooth earpieces are common sights. So, your hearing devices may go unnoticed as another type of wearable technology.

 

The stigmas you believe are associated with hearing aids won’t matter once you experience improvements in your hearing. Schedule your appointment at Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, and our expert staff will find you the perfect hearing aids to suit your needs.