Your spouse says something you can’t hear, but it must be because he is mumbling. Sound familiar? The results of a new research study show that the majority of seniors are in denial about hearing loss. But that denial has farther reaching implications than simply being unable to hear; when seniors deny they have a hearing loss, they also deny treatment and subsequently deny the detrimental negative effects of hearing loss as well. Those negative effects can include depression, isolation, anger and cognitive decline.

In a recent study of 321 people who averaged between 60 and 69 years old, 50 percent admitted to having hearing loss. However, even though they admitted they had trouble hearing, only one out of six people actually used hearing aids.

The study also showed that seniors are three times more likely to have an elective or cosmetic surgery than they are to seek treatment for hearing loss. Furthermore, a hearing test is tied with a colonoscopy in terms of least likely health checks; and unfortunately both are dead last in the rankings.

Why do so many seniors deny their hearing loss? To effectively treat hearing loss, a mix of psychological, physical and financial issues must first be overcome. The survey found the perception that hearing aids will somehow make them look old or weak is a significant factor, although most of the seniors said they do not hold this same view for others who use them. The thought of getting hearing aids to properly fit and function, and paying for them, are other factors that can cause seniors to give up before they even start.  The good news is that today’s hearing aids are much more discrete, some are rechargeable, and some can even allow a hearing impaired wearer to hear better in noise than those with no hearing loss at all. If you or someone you know is having trouble hearing, please don’t hesitate to call.

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