If you were to ask anybody who has successfully achieved better hearing, they’ll tell you that they wish they had taken action sooner.

Know Someone Who Is Considering Treatment for Their Hearing Loss? | Some Encouragement From Our Patients

by | Aug 14, 2023 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

“If you ask anybody who has successfully achieved better hearing, they’ll tell you that they wish they had taken action sooner.”

Hearing loss comes on at such a slow pace that most people have no clue that they have a problem until it becomes a struggle to communicate.

However, family and friends are able to recognize the hearing challenges of their loved ones early on, so they call us with questions and concerns about what to do.

When you don’t have experience with anybody else who has hearing loss or wears hearing aids, you’re not sure where to turn for help and advice.

We can provide professional guidance, but you probably need to hear from somebody who has been in a similar position to your loved one—unable to recognize that they have a problem and/or unsure of what steps to take to get the help they need.

Several of our patients were kind enough to share their stories so that others might gain some insight into what it’s like to struggle with hearing loss, and then find the help they need to regain their hearing and an improved quality of life.

Here are a couple of those stories, which are meant to be shared with those you believe should see them.

Charles’s Hearing Was Letting Him Down

Charles told us that his hearing loss was most noticeable when “listening to the news and TV,” but he also noticed difficulties during conversations with friends.

He decided to get some help and made an appointment with Upstate Hearing Aid Center, hoping to get to the root of the problem. During his visit, he had a comprehensive hearing assessment followed by a recommendation for hearing aids.

Charles recalls experiencing “excellent service.”

Charles says that with his new hearing aids he no longer misses out on the latest news or conversations, noting an “improvement in hearing correctly.”

He gives Upstate Hearing Aid Center a 10/10 rating and encourages others to follow in his footsteps. “Consider an evaluation,” says Charles. “It is worthwhile.”

Joe Is Hearing Things He Would Have Missed Before

Joe had no concerns about his hearing until he had a hearing test at work.

That’s when things changed for the better.

He recalls, “I didn’t feel I had any challenges with my hearing. However, my employer had me take a test for their ‘Hearing Conservation’ program.”

During a hearing test with Dr. Wright, Joe was surprised to discover he was experiencing a loss of hearing.

“She had me test a pair of hearing aids, and that is when I realized I had hearing loss,” Joe recalls. “I was surprised at what a difference those hearing aids made with my hearing!”

Joe scheduled a follow-up appointment to get the appropriate treatment from Dr. Wright at Upstate Hearing Aid Center.

He speaks highly of his experience from start to finish, saying, “First impressions go a long way. From the first contact, all the way through to the end of my visit, everyone was friendly and knowledgeable.”

Joe’s 10/10 rating demonstrates that he’s happy with his new devices, saying, “I am now hearing things I normally would have missed in the past. Most importantly, my grandchildren!”

Joe is just one among tens of thousands of other people who were able to find a solution to their hearing challenges in the Greenville, SC, area. Maybe you will be the next one to provide testimony about how hearing care and hearing aids have changed your life.

Two Common Obstacles that May Be Preventing You From Getting the Help You Need

Why do people wait an average of seven years from the time they first experience hearing challenges to when they finally seek treatment?

Unfortunately, while you are putting off getting help, your hearing loss is getting worse and is putting you at risk of developing a number of negative mental health and physical health conditions, like depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, balance disorders, and more.

If you ask anybody who has successfully achieved better hearing, they’ll tell you that they wish they had taken action sooner.

Here are two of the most common obstacles that may be preventing you from getting the help you need.

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#1—Nobody wants to be seen as a hearing aid wearer.

It’s a pretty sure bet that nobody has ever flipped through hearing aid catalogs dreaming of the day when they could finally own and wear their own pair of hearing aids.

Because of the stigma associated with hearing aids, especially those bulky, frustrating gadgets your parents or grandparents wore, most people well into their golden years wouldn’t want to touch them with a 10-foot pole.

Here’s the bottom line. Unless something changes, hearing aids are the most effective way to reconnect with better hearing.

Although you’re concerned about what others think, you can rest a bit easier knowing that today’s hearing aids are far more discreet and user-friendly, and they provide benefits that give you a significant advantage when it comes to enjoying conversations in a noisy restaurant or at a social event.

In fact, many of our patients with hearing aids tell us that their family, friends, and colleagues have not even noticed them!

If the outdated stigma of being a hearing aid wearer is one of the obstacles keeping you from getting the help you need, schedule an appointment and try them—you will be surprised at what you discover!

#2—Hearing Aids Are Expensive

The price tag on hearing aids is another obstacle that could be preventing you from getting the help you need for your hearing loss.

Yes, hearing aids require a significant investment, but so does a new car. So you have to consider what you’re investing your money into before assuming that hearing aids are too expensive.

Modern hearing aids are technological wonders that have cutting-edge micro- and nano-digital processing power in a tiny casing. Many are equipped with AI or machine learning capabilities that automatically adjust your listening profile as you move from one sound environment to another.

Today’s hearing aids connect directly to your smartphone, computer, television, telephone, and other digital devices in order to deliver a crisp, natural hearing experience.

Best of all, when you invest in hearing care, you have access to a team of experts dedicated to your ultimate goal of hearing what you love to hear, helping you choose the right hearing aids to meet your needs, providing maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and ensuring that you are completely satisfied with them.

Not all of your investment has to come out of your pocket up front. Insurance contributions, payment plans, and financing can help make investing into the future of your hearing a little easier to swallow.

Don’t allow the expense of hearing aids to continue to be an obstacle to getting the help you need. Start a conversation about hearing aids with us and let us help you explore your options.

What Should You Do Next?

If the stories above have helped move you toward getting the help you need for your hearing, and you’re ready to make a decision that your future self will thank you for, your next step is to schedule a hearing evaluation so we can have an honest conversation about your needs and options.

You can schedule a consultation by clicking this link or you can give us a call at (864) 999-0261.

Our team will assist you with scheduling or answer any questions and concerns you may have.

Do you know somebody that needs to see this? Why not share it?

Daniel Hewson, M.S. Audiology/Owner

Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 25 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband and full time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology. Dan was naturally attracted to the field of audiology because he grew up with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He has followed hearing aid development, research and rehabilitation. If you want to know what hearing impairment is really about and how hearing devices can change your life, Dan Hewson is the one to ask. He’s been wearing hearing aids since childhood (44 years) and has an intimate understanding of the hearing impaired. His personal hearing device story is fascinating and illuminating for anyone, but especially for those who may be hesitant about the hearing rehabilitation process.

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