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What Stops Most People from Addressing Their Hearing Challenges? Our Patients Answer

by | Oct 15, 2023 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

The vast world of audiology is not without its challenges. A key one that often stands out is the delay many face when it comes to addressing their hearing issues.  

By ignoring their hearing challenges, they inadvertently find themselves isolated and often at odds with loved ones. 

The Reality of Hearing Challenges 

For many, recognizing and acknowledging hearing loss is a tough pill to swallow. Despite the constant advocacy for regular hearing tests and the undeniable benefits of early detection, many choose to remain in denial.  

Why do they choose this path, and what does it mean for them? 

Joe’s Unexpected Discovery 

Joe’s experience highlights the unexpected ways one might discover their hearing challenges. He recollects, “I didn’t feel I had any challenges with my hearing. However, my employer thought otherwise.”  

An office-mandated hearing test threw him a curveball. Dr. Wright identified a certain degree of hearing loss. Trying out a pair of hearing aids, Joe was in for a revelation. “I was surprised at what a difference those hearing aids made with my hearing!”  

Thanks to Upstate Hearing Aid Center, Joe’s world is now filled with sounds he previously missed. “Most importantly, my grandchildren!” he mentions with joy. His final comment? “It’s a simple, easy, quick test.” 

Charles Faces the Music 

For Charles, the subtle signs were there. The missed words while watching TV, the struggles in conversations, the strain to hear.  

A visit to Upstate Hearing Aid Center provided clarity. “Improvement in hearing correctly,” he noted, signaling the change the right intervention can bring about.

Charles is now an advocate for early evaluation. “Consider an evaluation,” he urges. “It is worthwhile.” 

Common Hesitations: Why Do People Wait? 

The stories of Joe and Charles underscore a broader theme: hesitation. Whether it’s due to concerns about the investment or misconceptions about device maintenance, many allow these apprehensions to create barriers.  

However, for most patients post-intervention, the usual refrain is: “Why didn’t I act sooner?” 

Addressing Myths and Concerns 

Cost, stigma, and device upkeep are often cited as reasons for delay. But seeing these not as “costs” but as “investments” changes the narrative. They are investments in quality of life, in relationships, in oneself.  

Furthermore, advancements in hearing aid technology mean devices are more discreet, powerful, and user-friendly than ever before. 

Untreated Hearing Loss: The Larger Impact 

Beyond just the immediate inconvenience, untreated hearing loss can lead to a cascade of complications. Social isolation, cognitive decline, and decreased quality of life are just a few potential outcomes.  

The message is clear: be proactive, for the sake of your present and future well-being. 

The Psychological Impact of Ignoring Hearing Health 

Studies have shown a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline, pointing to a higher risk of conditions like dementia. This association is believed to stem from the strain of decoding garbled speech, which tires the brain and potentially weakens its memory capabilities. 

Beyond the evident communication benefits, treating hearing loss ensures mental well-being and cognitive vitality. Embracing this aspect of healthcare can lead to a fuller, happier, and more engaged life. 

Your Next Steps With Upstate Hearing Aid Center  

The personal stories shared here are more than just individual experiences. They’re a call to action.  

If you or a loved one suspect a hearing issue, why wait? With comprehensive hearing evaluations, the team at Upstate Hearing Aid Center is poised to guide you to better auditory health. 

Remember, there’s no better time than now. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please visit our contact page here, or give us a call at 864-999-0261. 

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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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