Some of us find it easy to admit that hearing isn’t as easy as it used to be. When faced with the challenge to understand what others are saying in conversations, the opportunity to get treatment seems like a welcome relief. Struggling to make out what people say out and about in the world, on television, or at a social event can be enough to bring full acknowledgement. Yet, for many others the process of acknowledging the reality of hearing loss isn’t quite so easy.
Many of us associate hearing loss with the aging process, and indeed one of the two most common forms of hearing loss is age-related. With admitting to hearing loss feeling akin to admitting to getting old, some of us would rather avoid talking about our problems hearing. Unfortunately, ignoring hearing loss does not make it go away, and serious consequences can follow from living with untreated hearing loss, not only for mental, social, and emotional wellbeing, but also extending to physical and cognitive health.
Let’s take a moment to walk through the process of acknowledging the reality of hearing loss, as well as some of the common barriers that can hinder a person from getting the treatment that is essential to ongoing health and wellness.
Acknowledging hearing loss can be a difficult process for some people, and the first barrier is to admit hearing loss to oneself. Take a quick assessment of your hearing ability in a few recent situations. Have you been missing more pieces of conversations lately? Have you had trouble hearing the television without turning it up to a volume that is uncomfortable for others? Do you sometimes realize that you missed pieces of information that others say they already told you? These are just a few of the self-assessment questions you can ask yourself to see if hearing loss might have become an issue for you. If you are denying that you have hearing loss, the first step is to acknowledge to yourself that you have hearing needs.
Myths about Hearing Loss
Some other people struggle to acknowledge the reality of hearing loss due to some prevailing myths that they believe. One of the most common myths is that a person can get by just fine without hearing aids. Although you might be missing pieces of conversations or words, some people believe that it’s not very important to catch every little thing. Getting by with the basic gist of a conversation can be enough to get by in some situations, but it is insufficient in others. Particularly when someone offers a crucial piece of information, life can become difficult or even dangerous when you are unable to get the details. Despite the commonly held belief that you can get by with hearing loss, your relationships may suffer, as well. Not only can you become frustrated or angry at others for a lack of communication, but they can do the same. The gap in understanding can even get in the way of the feelings of closeness and connection.
Misconceptions about Treatment
Another commonly held myth about hearing loss is that hearing aids are a hassle. This myth is based on older models of hearing aids that were clunkier and sometimes had problems with feedback. They also tended to raise the volume on the entire spectrum of sound, creating issues for understanding speech and identifying the voice of one speaker in a room. Although older models might have had some of these issues, the latest hearing aids are remarkably adept at treating hearing loss. T hose who don’t believe there are good solutions out there will be more likely to avoid acknowledging hearing loss, but the opposite is true, as well. When you know just how much you stand to gain by adopting treatment, you will be much more likely to admit that hearing has become a problem for you in some situations.
Take the opportunity right now to schedule your hearing test. With the results of the test in hand you will know conclusively if you have hearing loss, as well as what treatment is right for you. Our hearing health professionals can guide you through the process of both assessment and treatment, and the only step you need to take to initiate the process is to schedule an appointment.