It can be easy to fall into the trap of hearing loss denial for several reasons.
First, there has long been a stigma attached to hearing loss, but fortunately we are slowly but surely helping to remove it. The idea of hearing aids signifying old age or weakness is becoming less of an issue as our society ages. Still, for many, the idea of hearing aids can be a negative symbol of aging.
Another reason for denial is that hearing loss often takes place over time, at first seemingly unnoticed, but gradually deteriorating, causing frustration for the person with hearing loss and for the people around them. Sometimes this can lead to feelings of isolation.
People who are suffering hearing loss who do not seek out help have been proven to be more likely to suffer depression as compared to those who used hearing aids. As well, they may tend to avoid participation in social activities. So the positive side of getting your hearing tested and, if needed, being professionally fitted with hearing aids far outweighs the negatives.
Think of this as more than just regaining your hearing. With properly fitted hearing aids, you are gaining back control of your life. Waiting years, even decades, can rob people of a rewarding, happy existence that can be easily and painlessly be remedied.
If you feel you are becoming closed off from your friends and family because you’re not able to keep up with the conversation. Keep in mind that your friends and family miss your participation in their lives too, schedule a hearing test and discover the freedom that hearing aids can provide.