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1 in 10 people (@ 36 million in the US) have some degree of hearing loss
Hearing loss is the 3rd most common chronic health condition – yet one of the least addressed
60% of people with hearing loss are under retirement age
15% of the hearing impaired population are “baby boomers” (age 45 – 65)
30% of people with hearing loss are over 65
1.5 million children are afflicted with hearing loss
The average person with a hearing loss waits over 5 years to seek help
Less than ½ of those who could benefit from a hearing aid use them
Hearing Loss Facts and Figures to Answer Your Questions
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There are different types and causes of hearing loss. The most common is the result of nerve deterioration or damage. This condition can be either environmentally or genetically (among others) induced. This loss generally occurs slowly over a long period of time and therefore goes unnoticed at first. Often presenting with the individual noticing sounds are “unclear”. They may say “people mumble” or “I hear fine, I just don’t understand”. Generally the person will not have much difficulty with one-on-one or face-to-face conversation. That’s because approximately 75% of communication is visual. With the help of the eyes, the brain can infer the missing information and make sense of the conversation. Most clarity issues can be effectively treated with today’s technology.
Many people struggle with hearing difficulties for years before they seek help.
Even with today’s advances in technology and the smaller sizes of today’s instruments, there is still a social stigma attached to hearing aids.
Some reasons people avoid getting hearing aids:
Reason 1) Hearing aids are big, bulky & uncomfortable
Since background noise generally interferes with one’s ability to hear as well, many people with hearing loss avoid noisy social settings they once enjoyed. It can become exasperating to continually ask people to repeat things and it can become bothersome to have to repeat everything you say. So you can see how hearing loss can create stress in relationships. It can also cause feelings of embarrassment, anxiety, frustration, insecurity, anger, sadness & depression. A hearing impairment can cause social withdrawal, isolation and paranoia. The person with a hearing impairment may have the perception that others are angry with them for no apparent reason. They may start to abstain from family gatherings, card games and luncheons or dinners with friends (“I can’t follow the conversation so why go”).
It has been documented that a lack of social interaction can lead to a general decline in health.
Missed words or misheard conversations can do more than cause stress in relationships; it can be a serious problem if the missed information involves directions for medication or medical procedures.
When a hearing loss is present the portion of the brain that processes sound becomes choked off and does not receive the information properly. Therefore it begins to forget how to process some sounds. The use of hearing aids keeps the information pathway to that portion of the brain active and reduces the choking effect. Best results are seen in the cases where early treatment was sought.
Binaural means two ears. We were made that way for a reason. Each ear is designed to pick up and decipher different tones. Our ears work together to give clarity to sound and to give us directionality of sound the same way our eyes work together to give us depth perception. When we need glasses, we don’t just get one lens and “get by”. The same care should be given to our hearing needs. Two ears also makes it easier to filter voice from noise in certain environments.
Over the past 25 years, there have been multiple studies showing that people wearing two hearing aids report more benefit and greater satisfaction than those only wearing one aid. Everyone is uniquely different and must be individually evaluated to determine what is best for them.
The first step is to have a complete and thorough hearing evaluation so you know where your problem areas are.
A recent study of over 2000 adults, shows people with hearing loss who choose to hear better by using hearing aids experienced significant improvements in their lives; such as:
Increased social activity
(Improvements were reported by both the users & their families)
Hearing better is:
A rehabilitation process
Practice & patience
Hearing instruments cannot restore your hearing to normal, but almost everyone with a hearing loss hears better with hearing instruments. Just as your loss occurred over time, the rehabilitation of your hearing will also take time. You will need to reacquaint yourself with sounds you haven’t heard (properly) in a long time.
It is important to work closely with your specialist and communicate your experiences with him / her in order to maximize the benefit of your instruments. Because only you know how things are sounding to you and because we cannot correct a problem if we do not know it exists.
Successful adjustment to your hearing instruments depends on you taking the responsibility for your own better hearing. Your success or failure is entirely your own responsibility.
Actually, today's hearing aids are stylish and discreet. In fact, many people are able to wear hearing aids that are hardly noticeable.
Reason 2) Hearing aids are for old people
More than half the people with reduced hearing are under the age of 65. More and more children are being identified with hearing loss thanks to the mandatory newborn hearing screening program. Hearing aids are no longer a sign of old age. It can affect people of all ages.
Reason 3) My hearing loss is not bad enough for hearing aids.
A good rule of thumb is that if other people around you are complaining that you can't hear, you need to have your hearing tested. The longer your loss goes untreated the more difficult it may be to satisfactorily improve.
Reason 4) I only have one ear that's a little down, but the other one is still good so I don't need hearing aids.
Everything is relative. Nearly all patients who believe that they have one "good" ear actually have two "bad" ears. When one ear is slightly better than the other, we learn to favor that ear for the telephone, group conversations, and so forth. It can give the illusion that "the better ear" is normal when it isn't. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears.
Reason 5) My friend has two hearing aids and hates them
Every person has a different hearing loss, different size ear canals, different hearing aid technology, etc. Success depends on many different aspects, follow-up visits as well as a person’s willingness to complete the rehabilitation process. Please do not let another's experience affect your actions regarding your hearing health.
Reason 6) Hearing aids are too expensive
While it is true that hearing aids are not inexpensive, there are many different options which can make them more affordable. Buying cheap is not always advisable as you are most likely giving up quality. Quality products, expert care, proper usage of the instrument, and follow-up care are important.