“My hearing loss is normal for my age.” Well-meaning doctors maybe saying this to their patients every day but what does that really mean? Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common hearing loss people have. It is not necessarily “normal” to have any sort of hearing loss at any age. When a hearing loss is present the hearing should be monitored and consulted on individual hearing solutions.
“I have one ear that’s down a little, but the other one’s okay.” Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of clients are in need of hearing aids for both ears. Our ears are exposed to the same environments and usually are affected in the same manner. If a client has one ear that has been damaged more than the other, its not to say there isn’t damage in the “better” ear as well. Our bodies learn to adapt and we tend to favor the “better” ear, sometimes leading us to believe there is nothing wrong with it.
“I’m too old to start wearing hearing aids.” The longer a client waits to start using amplification the harder the transition can be. However you can never be too old to improve your quality of life.
“Hearing aids make everything too loud.” With today’s advanced digital hearing aid circuits that are programmed to your individual hearing needs, hearing aids will only be set to what is required based on the input level. Automatic features help reduce unwanted background noise and increase soft input levels, such as speech.
“I only wear my hearing aids when I need them.” How do we know when we “need” to hear something and when we don’t need to hear something? Wearing your hearing aids from morning to night gives the brain the proper amount of time to adjust to all the new sounds it’s receiving. When it comes to our hearing, if we don’t use it we lose it.
“I don’t want to try hearing aids because my friend says they don’t work.” Everyone is an individual and has their story. Create your own story. There are many reasons why people do not have success with their hearing aids. With today’s technology many of those reasons are more personal than from the actual device. Did your friend go back for adjustments or follow up appointments? How old is the technology they are using? What level of technology are they using? What was their expectation or mind set going into the experience? When did they start using technology? Do they have auditory deprivation?