One of the most common reactions people have when they develop hearing loss is D-E-N-I-A-L! But denying hearing loss has an impact on others as well as your own well being. So consider a few reasons not to delay getting hearing aids:
Reason #1: Did you know that the longer you wait to get hearing aids, the harder it is for your brain to adjust to hearing certain sounds again? Much like glasses and bifocals, the brain must adjust to sounds heard via hearing aids that may not have been heard in some time, such as birds chirping, appliances running, and everyday sounds that may have been unheard in recent years. This can be very frustrating to many new hearing aid wearers and takes time to adjust. Unfortunately some new hearing aid wearers get so frustrated that they just put the aids in the drawer and give up.
Reason #2: Hearing is a very important sense that contributes to our own well being. Not being able to hear results in many people tending to isolate themselves from family and social interaction, which in turn affects their mental and physical health, as well as safety. Many people do not know about the many options that can improve hearing in many situations.
While hearing aids are not perfect and do not “cure” hearing loss any more than glasses cure vision loss, they do improve hearing in many settings and open the door to add assistive listening devices to help the hearing aids hear better in various situations. A manual t-coil
setting in the hearing aid allows the wearer to enjoy sound in hearing loops
or use personal neckloops
with phones, MP3 players, TVs, etc.
So what are you waiting for? A hearing assessment is typically free at most audiology offices. Hearing aids can be basic or state of the art, depending on your budget and level of hearing loss. It takes some persistence on your part to make the hearing aids comfortable to wear and get them adjusted correctly. So be patient and work with your audiologist to get it right! You will be glad and so will your family and friends.
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