Surveys done by credible institutions working with people suffering from hearing loss has revealed some startling statistics. Among them, the most shocking is the number of excuses people put up to avoid using hearing devices! What beats them in the shock value is the absurdity of these excuses! Somehow, there is a perception that links hearing aids with age or being incapable of leading normal lives. Few people with hearing loss understand that hearing devices are as normal as glasses for people with poor vision. Let us look at some other excuses that people use in a 2-part series Common but Harmful Excuses to Avoid Hearing machine.
Excuse 1: To Avoid Hearing Device
The first and most popular excuse is that they think that their hearing loss is not serious enough to consult an audiologist. At Bengal Speech here, we often receive calls and emails from people related to those suffering from hearing impairment and the theme is common: the person with the problem will not ask for professional help. They live in their own cocoon, refusing any assistance. What this means is that the problem aggravates. It is very difficult for a person suffering from a problem to decide objectively what is good for them. If people around you are telling you that you are getting a little hard of hearing, it is probably time to consult an audiologist.
Excuse 2: Avoid Hearing Problem
The second excuse is even more bizarre. People with hearing loss often feel that it is only in one ear that they cannot hear! When you tell them to look for help, they quickly point out that because they can hear properly through the other ear, they do not really need an audiologist. This is another example of wrong perception. When you are having problems in one ear, you are most likely having it in the other ear too. It is just that because that ear is better, you favor it in talking over the phone or cocking it during conversations. That does not mean that your hearing problem is going to go away. It is only going to get worse. Use hearing aids and make the most of your residual hearing powers.
Excuse 3: Complication In Using Hearing Aids
The third excuse we are covering here is the most convenient one. Someone with a hearing issue will promptly point out that a friend or relative has hearing aids and they hate to use it because it gives them a world of trouble. So, learning from experience, they refuse to buy one themselves! This cannot be farther from the truth. Hearing aids are personal devices. Their adjustment and use varies from one person to another. A hearing aid may feel X well and cause problems for Y. This cannot be a yardstick!