Below are some quick statistics about hearing loss from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):
- One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
- About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64. Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.
- About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.
- Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16 percent) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.
At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we cannot stress enough the importance for people with hearing loss to get the hearing correction they need through the use of hearing aids. People who wear hearing aids report improved relationships at home, more self confidence, better relations with their children and grandchildren, better overall mental health, heightened sense of safety and awareness, a more active social life, better work relationships, and more earning power at their job.
While it is proven that wearing hearing aids can improve the quality of people’s lives, they still avoid buying them and make excuses for not getting the help they need. Listed below are the top five reasons why people with hearing loss avoid getting hearing aids.
- People say they ‘can hear just fine’ – Most times because the hearing loss is gradual, if you have age-related hearing loss you may not realize that you’ve lost some of your ability to hear.
- ‘It’s not that bad; I don’t need help’ – Hearing loss typically gets worse the longer you let it go. The worse it gets, the harder it is to treat.
- ‘I’m too young’ – Hearing loss starts showing up statistically at the age of 45. No matter what their age, people should take comfort in knowing they’re not alone.
- ‘I’m too old’ – People who don’t believe they’re worth the cost of treatment need to know that managing hearing loss is an important part of aging well. Untreated hearing loss could lead to anxiety, depression, and dementia, as well as other health issues.
- ‘I can’t afford it’ – At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we have different brands of hearing aids for all budgets. Our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist will guide you through the process of buying hearing aids, and be there every step of the way with the follow up services critical to making sure your experience is a positive one.
*Some of this content was provided by Oticon.com. At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we carry Oticon brand hearing aids including the award winning Opn. Call us today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid and Tinnitus Specialist.