Social Stigma of Hearing Aids
According to National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 37.5 million American adults over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing.
Among adults 70 or older with a hearing loss that could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three has used them. Among those younger than 70 with a hearing loss, only 16 percent has ever used hearing aids.
“They’re so big and bulky.” || Yes, 20 years ago they were big and bulky.
“My grandmother’s whistled constantly.” || Yes, 20 years ago they whistled often.
“My father wore them and he still couldn’t hear anyway.” || Yes, seeing poor performance from loved ones that wore hearing aids is an understandable dilemma.
“I’m not vain, I just don’t want people to see them.” || Most likely, THEY WON’T.
The social stigma of hearing aids, although quickly diminishing, unfortunately does still does exist.
Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world and it is also the most treatable. We correct our vision with stylish brand-name glasses. So why aren’t we correcting our hearing with hearing aids?
Some people feel as though it ages them, it makes them look old. I challenge you to look at other’s ears; you will be surprised by how many people you pass that are treating their hearing loss with hearing aids.
And for a good reason! Research has shown that untreated hearing loss increases your risk of dementia, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and many other health issues.
Too often people believe that their hearing loss is concealable, and if they wear hearing aids then it will divulge they have a hearing loss.
What you may not realize is that the symptoms of hearing loss, the hundreds of “huhs,” the constant “whats,” and having other’s repeat themselves or unknowingly ignoring others is much more apparent than the hearing devices themselves.
Let’s say you don’t want the guys at work in the lunchroom to know you have a hearing loss.
Most likely, they already know.