Studies indicate most individuals wait an average of seven to 10 years before doing something about their hearing loss. One of the main reasons that people do not seek help is fear. Here are four common fears debunked.
#1: I am afraid of getting bad news.
No one enjoys a doctor’s visit, especially when they might receive bad news. However, untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, social isolation, anxiety and depression; and it could be a sign of an underlying heart condition. So it makes sense to get checked out as soon as possible.
#2: I am afraid that hearing aids will make me look old.
Hearing loss might causes you to ask people to repeat themselves, listen to the television too loud, or respond inappropriately during conversations with family and friends. Those things actually make people look much older than a hearing aid.
What’s more, hearing aids have come a long way in the past decade. There are hearing aids that fit directly into the ear canal and are barely visible. Others just look like Bluetooth devices. Your hearing care specialist can help you find the best model for your lifestyle and hearing goals.
#3: I am afraid to go to the doctor.
Beltone hearing screenings are absolutely free, and painless. You will have a conversation with the hearing care specialist about your lifestyle and hearing and health history. Then, he or she will guide you through the steps of a thorough hearing evaluation, including:
- A visual examination of your ear using a video otoscope
- Tympanometry (ear drum test)
- Air and bone conduction testing
- Word discrimination testing
- Signal in Noise (SIN) testing
At the end, the hearing care practitioner will go over your results using an audiogram, or a visual representation of how well you are hearing, and talk about next steps.
#4: I’m afraid my hearing aids won’t work right.
Hearing aid technology has come a long way. Now, they can better distinguish between conversations and background noise and make it easier to tell where sound originate; remove feedback without sacrificing sound quality; and automatically adjust to your environment.
That said, it’s true that hearing with a hearing aid is different, and it will take your body some time to adjust. But your Beltone provider will work with you to try different models and make adjustments until you are satisfied.
Beltone’s latest model Beltone Trust™ features Remote Care – a groundbreaking technology that is an industry first. You can use an app on your smartphone or tablet to initiate a dialogue with your Hearing Care professional from wherever you are. You can even receive fine tuning and adjustments from the comfort of your home, without ever having to visit an office.
The bottom line is that scheduling a free screening and treating your hearing loss will change your life for the better—and there’s nothing scary about that.