Don’t Wait to Treat Your Hearing Loss Posted on January 16, 2022 by Advanced ENT & Allergy Hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. Possibly far more than most people realize. quick stats on hearing loss, According to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication: Approximately 37.5 million Americans 18 and older report some trouble hearing.30 million Americans aged 12 and older have hearing loss in both ears.28.8 million American adults could benefit from using hearing aids.Only 30% of adults aged 70 or older that would benefit from hearing aids use them.Only 16% of adults aged 20-69 who would benefit from hearing aids use them. It’s clear that only a fraction of those with hearing loss are seeking care, and that undoubtedly includes many people in New Jersey. However, as is the case with most progressive diseases, hearing loss is most effectively treated the earlier it is caught. So why do so many people put off getting their hearing tested? Hesitating on Hearing Aids The reasons people are hesitant to get help varies. Some worry that hearing aids will make them look old or impaired. This fear is enough to make them put off getting help, even if they’ve noticed their hearing decline. One study conducted interviews with participants who were experiencing hearing loss, but not using hearing aids. It found that perceived stigma and fear of ageism influenced their decision to not wear hearing aids. Many people who have hearing loss experience it gradually. Even though they might be at a place where they could benefit from hearing aids, their hearing loss has not gotten severe enough for them to think help is needed. Many also worry about the cost of hearing aids. They believe they are too expensive an investment, and that a certain amount of hearing loss is just part of getting older and not worth seeking treatment. Combating Fears Most hearing aids these days are small and barely noticeable. They are designed with the idea that people who wear them don’t want to draw attention to them. There are even hearing aids that are Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) which are practically invisible to others. In terms of cost, there are many affordable hearing aid options. Your hearing aid expert will work with you to find hearing aids that work for both your budget and your needs. Benefits of Hearing Aids The longer you wait to get hearing aids, the more time passes before you get to enjoy all the benefits they can offer that go beyond just improving your ability to perceive sound. Among other things hearing aids can: Improve depression and anxietyReduce balance issues and risk of fallsReduce risk of cognitive declineIncrease your confidence in social interactionsStrengthen your relationships with others Whether it’s taking a yoga class, going out for coffee, or having dinner at one of Mount Laurel Township’s best restaurants, hearing aids make living your life easier and healthier. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a hearing aid expert and improve your connection to the world around you. Contact Advanced ENT & Allergy today if you have additional questions or to schedule an appointment. Learn More: Can Car Wrecks Lead to Hearing Loss?Learn About the History of Audiology Awareness MonthWhat Type of Hearing Protection Will Work Best for Me?