If you think you have some hearing loss, it’s not surprising, since it is considered the third most common health problem in the U.S. with nearly 36 million people reporting some form of hearing loss. As a result, we struggle with even simple conversations with our family, workmates, and friends. We ask people to repeat themselves constantly, or just don’t bother any more and pretend we can hear. But the question for you is – do YOU hear WELL ENOUGH? In other words, is it worth it to YOU to address your hearing loss, or do the costs outweigh the benefits?
What are the costs if I do?
If you do get tested and learn that hearing aids could restore your hearing, you’re probably thinking #1, it’s too expensive, #2, it’s a hassle to deal with them, and/or #3, I don’t want people to see them…I’ll look old.
All legitimate concerns. #!, Hearing Aids can cost thousands of dollars, but depending on your lifestyle and needs, it may not be as much as you think. Plus, there are many opportunities for certain insurance policies and state agencies to help – as well as interest-free financing for the balance. This shouldn’t block you from getting what you need any more than avoiding getting glasses or going to the dentist because of the cost. #2, Hassle? Most wearers say that after they get used to them, they don’t even realize they’re there. Today’s hearing aids are so light and form-fitting…which ties into #3, how they look. In reality, today’s hearing aids have never been more invisible, both the ones that go deeply into the ear canal, or the ones that go behind the hear with a practically invisible tube extended into the ear canal. More importantly, it’s good to recognize that today’s hearing aids don’t make you look old, not being to hear is what makes you look old.
What are the costs if I don’t?
What many fail to consider is the price they are paying if they DON’T do something about their hearing loss. There have been many studies demonstrating that hearing impaired adults who did not wear hearing devices were more likely to report depression, worry, anxiety and paranoia than their peers who wore hearing aids. (e.g. NCOA study, 1999) Also, cognitive decline among those with hearing loss increases 30 to 40% over those without hearing loss. Those with even mild hearing loss are 3 times more likely to have experienced a fall of some kind. These are medical realities of not addressing your hearing loss, but the simple fact is that, if you don’t get help, you are more and more isolated from the people around you, even if you sitting right next to them. Now that’s a loss!
Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Obviously, we think they do.
The first thing to do is document whether a hearing loss exists, what type it is, and who can best help you through the process of examining the options. Call us at 307-254-9633 for a pain-free, complimentary evaluation to get started and at least get the facts. Or, if you just want to go online and take a test for yourself to see if you need to make an appointment, go here. Either way – don’t put off doing something about it, because hearing “well enough” is rarely “good enough”.