Why Don’t People Treat Their Hearing Loss?



By Dr. Jill Copley, Board Certified Doctor of Audiology and Owner of Total Hearing Care

Hearing loss is one of the top health conditions in the world. Some hearing loss is caused by a medical condition, such as an ear infection, and can be treated by a physician through medication or surgery. However, a majority of adult hearing loss is due to damage of the nerve cells (sensory deficit) in the ear. This loss is most successfully treated with hearing instruments. Nevertheless, many people don’t treat their hearing loss. Here are a few reasons why, along with some solutions:

Cost: This is probably the most common reason people elect not to get hearing instruments. Although it is a large expenditure up-front, divided out across five years, the cost of two premium devices is under $4/day. Most audiology offices have excellent products that are less expensive than this. Additionally, some insurance policies pay for part or all of the expense of hearing instruments (Medicare statutorily does not cover hearing aids). Many providers also offer no-interest and low-interest payment plans.

Visibility: Although hearing loss can occur at any age, hearing instruments are often associated with getting older. The human inclination is to avoid doing things that “age” us. While hearing instruments from the 1970’s and 80’s were large, bulky, and visible, hearing device manufacturers today are sensitive to their products being inconspicuous. Hearing instruments can be nearly invisible on most ears, as seen in this picture. People are often surprised when I put hearing instruments on their ears for the first time and they look in the mirror and can’t see them!

Mobility: As we age, there can be all sorts of changes to our bodies, including hearing, vision, and memory aspects. Sometimes, these can affect the ability to drive and there is a dependence on others for transportation.
A majority of family members are supportive and helpful in getting their loved ones to our office for appointments. However, sometimes, that isn’t possible due to family living out of town or working. Recognizing that mobility and transportation can be challenges for some people, in-home audiology services can be advantageous in these situations. Hearing tests, hearing instrument programming, and hearing device counseling can all be done in your home.

To schedule a free consultation or to find out more about hearing instruments, call Total Hearing Care at (214) 827-1900 (Abrams Road), (972) 380-0222 (Campbell Road) or (214) 660-9888 (Garland Road).

Submitted By: Total Hearing Care

Phone Number: (214) 827-1900 (Abrams Road), (972) 380-0222 (Campbell Road) or (214) 660-9888 (Garland Road)

Website: www.TotalHearingCare.com