Why Do So Many People Have Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Health Awareness Month

by | 08/03/2020 | FAQ's, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

The team at All About Hearing feels privileged to offer communities in Midland, Texas life-changing advanced hearing care services.

But unfortunately, not everyone seeks help at the right time.

Researchers at John Hopkins University have shown, on average, patients wait ten years to speak to a specialist, while their hearing loss worsens.

As it’s Hearing Health Awareness Month, these are some of the things that might be holding you or a loved one back from taking a huge step forward.

“Do I have a Hearing Loss?”

One of the reasons why people don’t seek attention during the early stages of a hearing loss is because it often occurs gradually without them knowing.

Instead, family members are often the first to pick up on the early symptoms.

These include basic behavioral changes like turning the TV volume up louder than normal, asking others to repeat themselves, and having trouble talking when there’s background noise.

But as someone’s hearing deteriorates, they’re also likely to stay away from social occasions, which can feel troublesome.

If you know someone who is showing signs of a hearing loss, it’s important they speak to a specialist as soon as possible.

Once treated, they can get back to being themselves again.

“People Will View Me Differently”

Another reason why people wait for years to treat a hearing loss is that they’re worried about how others will perceive them after diagnosis.

This links back to the historic stigma surrounding people with a hearing loss, which many can remember from their childhood.

But today, as the risks become far more well known, many people are seeking help and dispelling past prejudices in the process.

This is true both among those who’ve had long, exciting lives and younger folks, as modern lifestyle choices make hearing loss increasingly likely.

Now is the right time to reappraise your opinion of hearing care treatment.

“I’ve Heard That it’s Expensive”

A further reason why people let their hearing loss worsen over time is that they worry about the level of investment required for treatment.

But you may be interested to find out that, like most forms of technology, hearing aids have dropped in price over the last decade and deliver excellent value for money.

In addition, more and more healthcare insurance providers will cover some, or all, of your treatment costs.

The All About Hearing team works hard to find solutions for everyone. So let them know your needs, and they’ll secure an investment level that’s right for you.

Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact the team at All About Hearing now. They’re ready to assist you!

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Brian Martin

Brian was born in San Angelo, Texas, and moved to Odessa at the age of 5. Brian, at a very early age, had a love of music and sound. At the age of 13 Brian started to play guitar. He graduated from Permian High School and after graduation went on tour playing music and to this day, still plays in the Midland-Odessa area. Brian has been married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, for 25 years and they have one son. His family means the world to him. Over the years Brian has opened up for acts like Jason Aldean, Spencer Davis Group, Denny Laine from Wings, and many other top name groups. As life slowed down the time came for Brian to take his passion for music and sound and apply it to Audiology. Brian loves helping people and his great grandmother’s deafness and his own challenges with hearing loss drove him to become a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. Brian is a member of the International Hearing Society (IHS), and the Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA). His care for his clients and his knowledge of the industry has lead to many people being helped in their hearing journey.

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