For some people, dealing with hearing loss presents some real challenges. One of those challenges involves wearing hearing aids. Many people respond to that challenge by ignoring their need for hearing aids. So, will you be one of those people who don’t wear their hearing aids?
In fact, only 20% of Canadians who need hearing aids choose to wear them. There are a number of reasons why people choose not to wear hearing devices but many of those reasons are based on myths and misunderstandings. The problem is that leaving your hearing loss untreated may have some very serious consequences for your health and happiness.
So why might someone like you refuse to wear hearing aids? To answer that let’s first look at why you might regret ignoring your hearing problems or pay a high price for refusing to wear hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss may affect you in the following ways:
- Increasing your chances of developing dementia
- Triggering depression and poor mental health
- Sabotaging relationships and increase your sense of isolation
- Reducing your financial health and your ability to earn
The reality is that hearing aids can make an enormous difference to your quality of life, your health, and your financial situation. If you are still asking the question, will I be one of those people who don’t wear their hearing aids, then you need to read on. Understanding why you might feel like this can help you overcome your concerns about wearing hearing aids.
Some people choose not to wear their hearing aids because of unsatisfactory past experiences. These experiences may arise from seeing their parents hearing aids sitting unused in the drawer or witnessing the frustration of severe feedback with old generation hearing aids.
Modern technology has totally transformed hearing aids and they now have features that almost completely eliminate feedback and those problems that plagued old hearing aids. Today, you can expect hearing aids to reduce the impacts of background noise, improve conversation comprehension, as well as bring loads of convenience into your life with wide-ranging connectivity to all your mobile devices.
Many hearing aid users also say that the need to change batteries frequently is incredibly frustrating, especially for people with mobility problems. But the new lithium ion rechargeable batteries eliminate all those old excuses. Modern batteries can easily last for a full day of heavy-duty activity and recharging is as simple as popping your aids into their recharging pod.
Some people have poor experiences with hearing aids after buying cheap hearing aids online. Cheap hearing aids can be a recipe for disaster because of poor manufacturing quality but also because you miss out on the benefits of the personalised fitting that only qualified hearing professionals can provide.
Talk to one of our hearing professionals and experience a new world of hearing with modern hearing aids.
Some people feel embarrassed about their hearing loss and their need for hearing aids. But modern hearing aids can be almost invisible. They can be hidden almost completely in the ear canal.
The Phonak Lyric is completely invisible and provides the convenience of a true set and forget hearing aid that’s with you 24/7. But even the more traditional BTE (Behind the Ear) hearing aids are smaller, more powerful and yet more discrete than ever before.
Talk with your hearing professional; they will help you decide which type is best for you.
Incorrect hearing aids or settings
Some people have problems with their hearing aids because the aids don’t meet their lifestyle needs. Your hearing professional can help you choose hearing aids that will open up a whole new world of sound. They can help you choose hearing aids that will match your specific hearing loss as well as your lifestyle requirements.
Modern hearing aids are complex, feature-rich devices and it can take some time to get the settings just right for you. Your hearing professional will work through this process with you and make sure you have the support you need to help you get the most out of your hearing aids.
Some people stop wearing their hearing aids because they don’t understand that there is a period of learning to adapt and use the new devices. It does take time because there are some common challenges that come with learning to use your new hearing aids.
It can take up to 4 months to adapt to your hearing aids but it will be easier to be patient when you realise just how much you will benefit from wearing them. And there are ways you can make this process work for you.
Be realistic in your expectations both of yourself and your hearing aids. Take the time to learn about how hearing aids work. Take an active part in challenging your hearing and focusing on those aspects of your new sound environment that you find most challenging.
Unwillingness to change
Many people are unwilling to wear hearing aids because they cannot or will not face their hearing loss. Hearing loss is just that; it involves ‘loss’. Coming to terms with your loss does involve a grieving process. The first stage in that process is denial. But not everyone moves through that stage at the same speed.
You cannot force yourself or someone you love to accept their hearing loss. You or your loved one has to be willing to change. But until you come to that point of acceptance, there are some things that will help make conversation easier.
Yes, coming to terms with your hearing loss may be painful but refusing to deal with it is dangerous for your health. In the end, both you and your loved ones may pay a high price for your unwillingness to change.
Don’t be one of those people who refuse to wear hearing aids. It may be time to listen to those people who are telling you that you need to get your hearing tested. Come and talk to one of our friendly hearing professionals.