When should I get a hearing aid?
This is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves if we have a hearing loss.
In the past, most people would put off getting help until they felt they had to do something. Incredibly, for most that is about ten years from the time they knew they were having problems understanding or missing words in a conversation. One study shows that only 15% of Americans who could benefit from hearing aids are using them.
A recent study from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland has changed how we view hearing loss. Out of the 639 people studied, those with a mild hearing loss scored worse in cognitive tests. The results indicated that their cognitive abilities aged by the equivalent of seven years compared to people with normal hearing.
In other words, the longer you wait, the more you lose, and the faster you lose it.
We understand that many individuals are reluctant to get help for their hearing. Do these excuses sound familiar?
- I’m too embarrassed to wear a hearing aid.
- My hearing isn’t bad enough.
- It would make me feel old.
- I can get along without a hearing aid.
Maybe even your doctor misinformed you that you have age-related hearing loss and nothing can be done.
How important is it to correct a hearing loss in its early stages?
Even a mild hearing loss can significantly affect your cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being over time.
NOW is the time to get a hearing aid.
Times have changed! Our testing and evaluation protocol is state-of-the-art, and the superb range of high-quality hearing instruments available are digital wonders. Your Personal Sound Device can even be programmed to connect you directly to TV, radio, computer, or phone through advanced wireless technology. The embarrassment of a hearing aid is a remnant of days long past. And—for sure—a hearing aid is not nearly as embarrassing as completely misunderstanding a conversation!
Not sure if you are having signs of early hearing loss? Call any one of our offices and ask for a FREE hearing evaluation. You’ll be glad you did.