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Dispelling Misconceptions: Social Repercussions of Wearing Hearing Aids

09/03/2015

This is the second in a series of blog posts that will address the common misperceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids. We hope they are helpful to you if you are on the fence about getting your hearing tested or purchasing your first pair of hearing aids (or if someone you love is in that situation).

A topsy-turvy view of social repercussions

The Sivantos survey revealed a few key reasons many senior citizens avoid getting hearing aids even when they know they have hearing loss. A few of their responses were downright contradictory, exposing a need to reconsider their reasoning.

For example, one in four respondents said they don’t want to interact with a person who has trouble hearing and continuously asks them to repeat themselves. However, when the scenario was flipped, only 15 percent of respondents believed others felt the same desire to avoid interacting when they were the ones asking for repetition.

Reality check

When conversations consist of one person saying things like “Huh?” “Sorry, say again?” and “What did you say?” all the time, the people with whom they’re conversing lose patience. The requester is viewed as out of touch, over-the-hill, unable to keep up — basically assigned all of the negative attributes many seniors (wrongly) associate with wearing hearing aids. The fact is wearing hearing aids doesn’t make you look old ― not wearing them when needed does.

Seniors who regularly have their hearing tested and are proactive in trying to address hearing loss are better able to maintain active social lives, extend their careers, and enjoy conversations with friends and family. A simple and painless hearing test can help you avoid being shunned socially and professionally because others are frustrated by your constant need to have them repeat themselves. Rather than ignoring hearing problems, get your hearing tested and get hearing aids when advised.

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