Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012

Living with Hearing Loss

Couple smiles agreeing to treat their hearing loss.

2,200 Americans were interviewed in a joint AARP and American Speech-Hearing-Language Association Study and despite eighty percent stating they considered hearing health extremely important over 50% admitted to not treating their hearing loss. Of the reasons given, the most easily dispelled is the one many seniors cling to stubbornly--the myth that hearing aids make them look older.

“Few people notice I have hearing aids.” Connie Cross

The stereotypes of hearing aids as big and clunky could be the result of experiences some seniors had as children--watching a grandfather or grandmother struggle with the technology of the day. Today's technology far surpasses even that which was introduced a few years ago!

Often seniors are surprised to learn the truth about hearing aids.

"Once I was afraid that wearing hearing aids would mark me as an old person. Ironically, wearing hearing aids has made me feel younger. Now I can hear, as I did years ago, what is going on around me. I listen, and respond, and laugh, and enjoy. More than anything, hearing again has helped me defy my 70 years. I realize what really marked me as an old person was withdrawing from life. I may not be young in years, but I feel young in spirit again." Connie Cross

People with hearing aids lead a more active, younger lifestyle.

It has been shown that people who often ask to have things repeated or who miss parts of the conversation are much more likely to appear old and out of it than people who treat their hearing loss. They are also less likely to be social or to enjoy the relationship strengthening benefits of better communication. Today’s hearing aids are so discreet it is as if they are invisible. This is something people around the country, who treat their hearing loss are now discovering. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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