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Why people stop wearing their hearing aids

There are 360 million people on the planet impacted by disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite the alarming number of people living with hearing loss, it remains one of the most under-treated health issues. While cost is often cited as a common barrier, there are a variety of other obstacles preventing the adoption and use of hearing aid devices.

  1. Self – Image: It is human nature to feel guarded or unsure about issues we feel others may perceive as weakness. Hearing loss is often associated with aging and many people do not want others to see visible indicators of the natural progression of time.
  2. Lack of Motivation or Depression: The idea of going through the process of getting a hearing aid can seem stressful and some people mistakenly believe that it’s not worth the effort. In reality, recent research has established a definitive link between hearing loss and depression and it is critical to seek treatment for both.
  3. Unaware or In Denial: Believe it or not, hearing loss can sneak up on people. Our adaptive capabilities are so strong that we can be making subtle adjustments for hearing decline for years, or even decades.
  4. A Friend’s Bad Experience: Peer groups can influence our thinking at all ages, so when a friend or family member talks about a challenging experience with hearing aids, it can create an obstacle for seeking appropriate care. Remember that each person’s hearing journey is their own.
  5. Overriding Health Issues: At the point of life where people start to confront the limitations of poor hearing health, there may be other more pressing health issues to deal with.

3 Reasons People Stop Wearing Hearing Aids:

  1. Discomfort: Fit is everything when it comes to hearing aids. If the hearing aid is not properly customized, it can cause irritation and discourage use. Seeking care from a certified hearing healthcare professional is the best way to ensure a good fit.
  2. Overwhelmed by Noise: It takes the average person 7-10 years to seek care for hearing decline. During that time, certain sounds will disappear and the reintroduction of sounds all at once can be jarring for some. To combat this issue, wear the new hearing aids for short periods of time, to start, and increase the intervals as tolerated.
  3. Difficult to Care For: Proper use and care when it comes to technology is a learning process and will improve exponentially with practice. The small size of hearing aid parts and batteries may contribute to new user frustration, as well. Learning how to use a smartphone came with its challenges, but was well worth the effort. The same is true with your hearing aids.

When faced with new or unknown situations, hesitation happens. It’s important to take the time you need to do your research, but then taking action is the best path. The benefits of healthy hearing far outweigh the fears and myths out there about hearing aids. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your hearing needs and concerns.

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