At Centerville Hearing Associates, we strive to provide our patients with the best diagnostic care for their hearing and balance issues. Our audiologists search for high quality treatment options for each individual patient and customize treatment specifically for their needs. Every effort is made to provide a personal touch and work as a medical team with the physicians of DeVore Katz Michaelson ENT.
Common Objections and Myths about Hearing Aids
- “I’m going to wait until it’s really bad before get hearing aids.” – Hearing loss can get worse over time. When hearing aids and rehab are put off for too long, relationships (personal and professional) can suffer. Why suffer through the consequences of untreated hearing loss? Hearing aids make a huge difference and have advanced in ways to make them practically unnoticeable to others.
- “Hearing aids are expensive and insurance doesn’t cover them” – There are hearing aids for every budget. Hearing aids are not a luxury, they are a necessity. Untreated hearing loss can be costly in regards to safety, relationships and general communication. Hearing aids are a necessity and while most insurances don’t cover them, there are a wide variety of models, prices and in most places, payment plans.
- “Hearing loss cannot be treated” – 95% of people who have sensorineural hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids and hearing rehabilitation.
- “If others would just stop mumbling and speak up, I’d be fine” – If you consistently have trouble hearing most people, the problem is likely in your hearing and not their speaking. By constantly requesting others to speak up, they may get tired of talking to you and your relationships will suffer.
- “It’s normal to have this level of hearing loss at my age” – While it’s not uncommon for hearing to decrease with age, there is no such thing as normal hearing for a certain age. You either have good hearing or hearing loss.
- “I hate the high pitching sounds hearing aids make” – Newer models of hearing aids have been improved and certain settings can stop the whistling noises heard with older generations of hearing aids.
- “Hearing aids are uncomfortable and unsightly” – It really is amazing how far hearing aids have come. The ones today are not your grandmother’s hearing aids. Most are teeny-tiny and hidden beyond sight in or behind the ear.
- “I tried hearing aids once for a few days and they weren’t for me” – Hearing aids take some getting used to. It takes adjusting and may take a few months to really see the full benefits and know if you like them or not. It’s important to start off with patience and realistic expectations.
Did you know…?
- Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of dementia – It is not surprising that untreated hearing loss can socially isolate the individual but studies show that this kind of social isolation and withdrawal can lead to increased risk of dementia. Social interaction provide mental stimulation that helps protect against mental decline.
- The risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases by 20% for every 10 decibel (dB) of hearing loss – The more significant the hearing loss (untreated) the more likely mental acuity will suffer and put an individual at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. By treating hearing loss with hearing aids and hearing rehabilitation, one can potentially prevent or delay the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of falling – Impaired hearing makes individuals less aware of their surroundings and those with even a mild hearing loss are 3 times as likely to fall compared to those with no appreciable hearing loss. The risk increases in direct correlation with the degree of hearing loss even after age, sex, race, heart disease and balance were factored in. – Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Feb. 24, 2012
- Untreated hearing loss can lead to a loss of income – Untreated hearing loss can lead to miscommunications, incomplete understanding and these can all lead to an increased risk of job loss. Approximately a billion dollars are lost each year by Americans who avoid treating their hearing loss. Not getting hearing aids can actually be much more costly than the purchase price of the hearing aids. Getting hearing aids before the hearing loss has caused problems can greatly reduce to the risk of job stress and termination. – Findings based on information from the Better Hearing Institute.
- Untreated hearing loss can lead to a lower quality of life – According to the National Council on Aging, those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop
- Anger issues
- Social isolation
- Decreased self-esteem
- Insecurity and paranoia