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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Dr. Sally Miranda

Dr. Miranda was the first doctor of audiology to qualify in Midland, TX, in 2000. She started her career working for a busy ENT practice but soon realized the pressurized environment wasn’t suitable for her, as she felt unable to give her patients the full care and attention she believed they deserved. In 2007, she founded All About Hearing. Since then, Dr. Miranda and her team have helped thousands of local people – from children to grandparents – to better care for their hearing health, through their “family approach” to patient care.