Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

Many of us have loved ones who may suffer from hearing loss. In fact, in the US, roughly 37.5 million adults have some degree of hearing loss. Yet according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), only 20 percent of those who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. In other words, millions of Americans who could enhance their life with better hearing decide not to do so.

People often live with hearing loss on average for seven to ten years before seeking treatment. For those that do decide to get treatment and get fitted with a set of hearing aids, the results are overwhelmingly favorable. Often people believe that wearing hearing aids will make them look too old or that they are difficult to wear. However, there are many styles of hearing aids to choose from these days, some that others can barely notice. Many studies have demonstrated that getting your hearing loss treated enhances relationships, improves general physical and mental health, and even boosts household income.

The question is: if people are holding out for years before getting treatment, what is finally persuading them to do so? If we understood the reasons, would it encourage our loved ones to deal with their hearing loss earlier?  Below are some common problems that people with untreated hearing loss endure.  Perhaps if you can illuminate to your loved ones that these problems could be alleviated you can convince them to get a hearing test and get the treatment they dearly need.

Not being able to hear the grandkids

The thing about high-frequency hearing loss is that the sounds most difficult to hear are frequently higher-pitched. That makes the voices of children especially tough to understand.  For that reason, many people with hearing loss miss out on what their grandchildren are saying, or alternatively have to make them repeat themselves.

Strained relationships

Communication is the cornerstone of any healthy relationship, which is why hearing loss is so frustrating for both parties. If you have hearing loss, you may think everyone else mumbles, but your spouse probably feels you speak too loud. This brings about stress, and before you know it, you discover yourself in more arguments than normal. Many people wait until their spouse is at a breaking point of frustration before booking a hearing test.

Feeling left out

How confident and interactive can you really be if you can’t fully grasp what others are saying?

Many people with hearing loss lose their self-confidence and sociability when it’s much easier to avoid the situation than it is to struggle to hear and understand what’s being said. It’s this feeling of isolation—and missing out on social activities—that encourage people to grab the phone and schedule a hearing exam.

Being unproductive at work

Productivity at work is often strained when someone has hearing loss. Commonly they’re at an important meeting and can’t hear their associates sitting across the table. They either have to interrupt the meeting to get people to repeat themselves, or stay silent because they can’t follow along. There’s a reason why wearing hearing aids is linked with higher household income in those with hearing loss. If you have better hearing, you’re simply more self-confident and productive at work.

General health and well being

People are becoming increasingly mindful of the health risks associated with hearing loss. While there are many ailments tied to impaired hearing, the most alarming relationship is that between hearing loss and dementia. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who maintain their hearing.

Schedule a Hearing Test Today

The bottom line is that most people wait far too long to attend to their hearing loss, despite the fact that the majority of hearing aid users report that their lives have been enhanced with better hearing.  Hearing tests are quick and painless.  What ever is holding your loved one back from getting a hearing test it can not be as bad as suffering from the effects of hearing loss! Contact Poesy Hearing Center to set up a hearing test today.

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