Often, people with a mild to moderate hearing loss don’t feel that they need help. Family and friends are much more likely to notice the impact hearing loss has on the quality of the impaired person's life. A number of common misconceptions emerge as people attempt to ignore their loss:
“A hearing instrument won't help me or I'm too old for a hearing instrument.”
Some people choose to ignore their loss because they believe a hearing instrument can't help their specific type of loss, although statistics show us that 9 out of 10 hearing instrument wearers report an improvement in their quality of life. Or they incorrectly believe they are too old to benefit from amplification. In fact, 95 percent of all losses can be successfully treated. And no person is ever too old to benefit from the improved communication that hearing instruments can provide.
“My hearing loss isn't that bad or A hearing instrument will make me look old.”
Some people feel their hearing loss isn't severe enough to warrant treatment. Another common belief is that they believe that seeking treatment would carry the stigma of advancing age even though 49.5% of people with hearing loss are below the retirement age. Others are simply embarrassed at the idea of wearing a hearing instrument.
An important thought to keep in mind: a hearing loss is more noticeable than today’s discreet, digital hearing instruments. The sooner a hearing concern is addressed, the easier the transition to eventually wearing hearing instruments will become. Seeking advice from your local ihear professional as early as possible is the first step to getting back to enjoying your life to the fullest.