During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team has been speaking to the community about why it’s important to treat hearing loss during the early stages.
Many people wait years before seeking assistance – with John Hopkins University suggesting that the average is ten.
But after a simple hearing assessment, specialists at Berkeley Hearing Center can offer life-changing solutions to someone experiencing difficulties.
These are some of the reasons why you or a loved one might be finding it difficult to take the first steps to better hearing.
“It’s hard to accept”
One of the main reasons why people don’t seek help from audiologists during the early stages of a hearing loss is that they’re in denial.
Many believe, wrongly, that treatments will make them seem older or appear as less capable members of society.
This often stems from historic impressions of hearing loss. Some remember the bulky devices their grandparents wore and expect to be fitted with something similar.
But today, no one should be fearful of seeking help.
Millions of Americans treat their hearing loss each year, and it’s often a sign that you’ve had some amazing experiences.
In addition, hearing technology has advanced dramatically since the early days – with sleek, almost invisible devices now in reach of everybody.
“Do I need treatment?”
Another reason why many don’t look for assistance during the early stages of a hearing loss is that they aren’t aware they have a problem.
That’s because hearing loss generally takes place gradually, without someone realizing it.
It’s common for someone to assume that others are mumbling during conversations or ask for consistent repetitions of phrases.
Family members and friends, who spend the most time around someone with a hearing loss, are often the first to notice.
If you have the impression that someone might be struggling, it’s important to recommend that they get a full hearing assessment now.
Concerns about costs
It’s also common for people to worry about the investment needed, which may prohibit them from seeking any assistance initially.
This is understandable.
But the team at Berkeley Hearing Center works with each patient to find a level that’s right for them, prescribing treatments that last for years into the future.
Many also find that once they take steps to manage their hearing loss, they can advance up career ladders and increase their earnings significantly.
Are you concerned about hearing loss or know someone else who might be? Contact the team at Berkeley Hearing Center, and they’ll help you now!