There are many reasons why people resist seeking hearing help. A study by the Better Hearing Institute revealed some of them.
First, hearing loss usually increases slowly over time. Often, people don’t notice the slow decrease. They are unaware of it. To make it more difficult to realize it is their ears, hearing loss sounds like people mumbling. This makes it is easy to believe others speak softly or mumble.
Second, embarrassment and discomfort with the thought of hearing aids can lead to denial and resistance. Deep down they know they have hearing loss but just are not ready for hearing aids. This is no longer a good reason to not seek help. Today’s hearing aids look great and work great!
Third, The Better Hearing Institute found that misdirected medical advice results in someone who is ready for help from seeking help. There was a time when hearing aids did little to assist severe hearing loss. Some of this old thinking is still around today. With the new hearing aid technologies there is help for everyone.
Lastly, there is a lack of awareness of the importance of hearing. Communication affects every aspect of life. It impacts relationships, shopping, social gatherings and religious services. We also know that those with hearing loss who use hearing aids are healthier!
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