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"I don't want to be seen wearing a hearing aid"

With today’s digital technology hearing aids have become so small and discreet no one will even notice you are wearing a hearing aid.

Just remember, you saying, "huh", "what did you say", "could you repeat that", is a lot more noticeable than the size of any hearing aid on the market.

 

Ending The Suffering

"I don't care if I have a hearing loss."

This is a very common response to people in denial of a serious problem.

The fact is the people around you suffer much more than you do and you are the one with the hearing problem. Hearing loss affects not just the person with the hearing loss but almost every single person in your life from your spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and also your friends.

Ignoring the problem will not make it go away.

Remember, a hearing problem is only a problem until you take care of it, then it is no longer a problem, if you start treating it early.

Here are facts of what hearing loss causes :

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:

- Irritability, negativism and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health

If you think these proven symptoms do not affect your loved ones you are only fooling yourself.

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There Are 3 Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs in the inner ear and is the most common type of hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear and/or auditory nerve due to one episode or more of prolonged exposure to loud noise, certain medications or simply the process of aging. Once damaged, the inner ear cannot be repaired. Sensorineural hearing decreases the ability to differentiate consonant sounds (thus the fine distinctions in words such as hat versus cat). Most sensorineural hearing losses can be treated effectively with hearing aids.


Conductive hearing loss occurs in the outer and middle ear. The most common causes are wax build-up in the ear canal, middle ear infection, a hole in the tympanic membrane or damaged ossicles.
In most cases, conductive hearing loss affects the lower frequencies or pitches and makes it difficult to hear vowel sounds. Since vowels contain the "power of speech," the individual with conductive hearing loss perceives speech and other sounds as being much "quieter" than normal. The condition can often be medically treated.


Mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss.

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Facts About Hearing Loss

“The Invisible Handicap” -- A Growing National Problem.

• More than thirty-six million American experience hearing loss
(American Academy of Audiology)

• Those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal. (Better Hearing Institute)

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to: (Better Hearing Institute)
- Irritability, negativism and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health

• "Loss of hearing is a serious life issue, a medical condition that is associated with physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Depression, anxiety, emotional instability, phobias, withdrawal, isolation, lessened health status and lessened self-esteem have all been linked to uncorrected hearing loss." (National Council on Aging: Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Anxiety, Isolation in Seniors)

• Among seniors, hearing loss is the most prevalent medical condition, following arthritis and hypertension. (University of California, San Francisco – Department of Neurological Surgery)

• There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing impairment.

(National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

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The Solution: Hearing Aids

The following is information provided by:

"Better Hearing Institute":
• Almost all (95 percent) of Americans with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. Only five percent of hearing loss in adults can be treated by surgery.
• Nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.
• The use of hearing aids is associated with reductions in anger, frustration, paranoia, anxiety and overall improvements in emotional stability.
• Treatment of hearing loss will improve interpersonal relationships.
• Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.
• Successful treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power.
• Hard-of-hearing people are less likely to be discriminated against if they use hearing aids.


"National Council on Aging" groundbreaking study on hearing loss:

• The survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression anxiety and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.

• Hearing aid users reported benefits in many areas of their lives. Specifically they reported improvement in:

- Relations at home
- Feelings about self
- Life overall
- Mental health
- Self-confidence
- Relations with children, grandchildren
- Sense of safety
- Social life
- Relations at work

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