Age-related hearing loss is common, affecting 40% of adults aged 55–74. However, the majority of these adults don’t wear hearing aids, and many who were given hearing aids do not wear them. This means they are missing out on the numerous benefits they can provide.
If you have a loved one who has hearing loss but is hesitant to seek treatment know that there are ways to help persuade them to take that first step.
Understanding Why They Don’t Use Hearing Aids
In order to change someone’s mind, you first have to understand where they are coming from. There are many different reasons as to why someone with hearing loss might be reluctant to get hearing aids or to wear the ones they already have.
A 2013 study examined data collected from participants who have hearing aids but don’t wear them. Among the reasons mentioned were:
- Did not feel their device provided enough benefit
- Was uncomfortable to wear
- Worries about appearance
- Concern over what other people might think
Discuss the Benefits
Hearing aids offer a wide variety of benefits that go beyond just helping you hear better. Do some research and calmly present the facts to your loved ones. Using hearing aids can:
- Improve mental health and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression
- Lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia
- Lower risk of balance issues and injury caused by falls
- Improve confidence at work and in social situations
- Strengthen relationships and connections with others
Explain How Their Hearing Loss Affects You
While facts are helpful, there’s also nothing wrong with talking about your feelings as well. Hearing loss can take a toll on relationships. It can be frustrating to have to consistently repeat yourself or feel as though you can’t have conversations the way you used to.
Let them know your concerns. Tell your loved one that you want to be able to enjoy relaxing talks with them over lattes at Trianon Coffee. They likely have no idea of the degree to which their hearing loss is affecting your relationship.
Offer to Help
Even if they know they should make an appointment for a hearing test, the first step is often the hardest. They may be dealing with a lot of fear or uncertainty over how to proceed. Make it easier for them by offering to help them find an audiologist, and even suggest that you take them to their appointment. Knowing they have your full support can make all the difference.
For more information on hearing loss or to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one, call Victory Hearing & Balance today.