Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss and, shockingly so, only 25 percent of those people have hearing aids. It has been discussed that Americans avoid getting hearing aids, not only for reasons of cost or accessibility, but due to fear of being perceived as older, uncool or socially awkward. Audicus helps remove this hearing aid stigma.

Reducing Hearing Aid Stigma: Not your grandma’s hearing aids

The hearing aids of today are not your grandma’s hearing aids. They are incredibly complex, high-tech masterpieces that can provide the wearer with a more advanced listening experience. For this reason, the hearing aid stigma surrounding being perceived as uncool is misguided; if anything, the wearer should feel confident.

Also, hearing aids have come a long way since the blowing trumpet and other historic hearing solutions. Audicus dedicates an entire blog post to fun hearing aid designs, which could serve as great conversation starters.

Diminishing Hearing Aid Stigma: Age is just a number

Vanity is often noted as an issue among people who need hearing aids since they fear looking older. It is helpful to remember that today’s technological advances have paved the way for incredibly discreet hearing devices. Although the aging population is more likely to deal with hearing loss, hearing loss can occur at any age. Three out of 1000 American children are born deaf or hard of hearing, so when it comes to hearing loss, age is just a number!

Mitigating Hearing Aid Stigma: Keeping the brain sane

Also, hearing aids do more than just allow the wearers to hear. They allow the brain to function healthily. This is also proven by the fact that dementia and depression are linked to untreated hearing loss. Additionally, according to a MarkeTrak VIII survey done in 2011, 75 percent of hearing aid users reported overall improved quality of life, including factors such as personal and work relationships, physical health and self-confidence.

It’s easy to understand the origin of stigmas, but important to remember there is little need to worry when it comes to wearing a hearing device. If you or a loved one suspects hearing loss, schedule a hearing test with an audiologist who can recommend a course of action. And, as always, the helpful staff at Audicus is willing to assist.

by Esther Shasho

5 responses to “Addressing the Hearing Aid Stigma

  1. I have Mild to Moderate hearing loss. I wear two BTE with receiver in the canal aids. Very discreet but they give me the power that I need. I have only had them 7 months but so far so good

  2. I am dealing with the same thing, but in a teenager. I have decided to win this youngster over by identifying the most important thing in his/her life–friends and socializing. So I am working with this teenager to guide him/her to learning that he/she is missing a lot without the aids in the social area and with friends.

    So, if relationships are important to Grandma, maybe hearing and speaking with those special folks she dearly loves will trump “looking old”. Good luck!

  3. My grandma refuses to get a hearing aid, because she thinks it will make her look old. I completely disagree, and I have been trying to persuade her to change her mind. I had no idea that hearing loss might also affect healthy brain functions, so this might change her mind.

  4. I currently have been wearing one hearing aid although I should have to affordability is part of the issue. I am in a nursing instructor and it’s becoming ever more imperative that I’m probably get fitted for the second hearing aid and well. I am interested in the Bluetooth and how it may be different then an older Bluetooth that I had about three and a half years ago something like that. Being fitted for a hearing head with some old and so on and so forth is that how this works? I have several of the electronic gadgets that I’m sure would work with and also help me in the classroom setting. So I’ll be interested in most of the intricate details in terms of how it specifically may assist me further. Cost is another issue. And the bluetooth is under consideration. Thank you Roberta Roberta Truesdale

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