Let’s talk: why are we afraid of hearing aids? 33

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The decision to wear a hearing aid seems obvious on the surface. As we enter our 60s and beyond, our hearing abilities can naturally decline.

A hearing aid can help against the worst side effects of this decline. It can prevent social isolation and deterioration of the brain; even dementia.

Why, then, is it so difficult to make that commitment?

Perhaps simple human nature is to blame. No matter how motivated you are as an individual, human beings, as a whole, tend to resist change.

This is entirely natural. The brain is hard-wired to crave short-term convenience; to take the path of least resistance.

When it comes to health problems, it’s easier to assume a problem will go away than to trouble a doctor over something minor. This is particularly harmful with hearing loss: a problem that can emerge so slowly and subtly that it could take years before it becomes “bad enough”.

Likewise, if fixing that problem will need a change to lifestyle – i.e. electronic assistance – it takes time to adapt. No matter how drastically the change can improve things in the long run, this natural instinct makes the first step surprisingly difficult.

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Others may be holding back due to the “hearing aid effect”: the idea that a device will somehow make the wearer seem older or less trustworthy.

On the contrary, hearing technology allows those with hearing loss to remain socially active, communicate more easily and maintain mental clarity; all hallmarks of the young and young at heart.

Many of us still think of the hearing aid as something incredibly bulky and conspicuous. In reality, the technology has come a long way in recent years. Today’s hearing aids are incredibly subtle; some are practically invisible.

On top of this, one very promising study show that hearing aids no longer affect our judgement of others as they once did. Hearing aid stigma is rapidly fading, and is well on its way to vanishing entirely.

If you’re uncertain about whether a hearing aid is right for you, or unsure if you need hearing assistance, there’s an easy way to get started. Organise a free hearing test below to ensure you’re on the right path.

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Do you use a hearing device? Would you consider wearing one in the event of hearing loss? And if not: what’s holding you back?


This Let’s Talk conversation piece is sponsored by Connect Hearing. It was written as we feel it delivers important insights into a subject important to the Starts at 60 community. For more information, please visit the Connect Hearing website.

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  1. My husband’s had hearing aids for about 10 years now. We ( and it has to be a joint decision) upgrade them regularly. He was very, very reluctant initially to have them ( said he loved the peacefulness ), but I said I’d take my glasses off and he’d have to read everything to me!! He soon saw the need for them

  2. I recently got hearing aids – they are so discreet even my doctor didn’t know I was wearing them. They are fantastic.

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    • Mike here-mine don’t raise the volume per se, they just make the conversation crisper. Unless of course I crank up the volume,. They have 3 settings, 1 for the phone, 1 for directional (that is hearing in the direction I am looking) & the third is surround sound.

  3. I have a husband who needs them and wont get them !! Very frustrating !!

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    • Fiona do what I did ……after having to repeat myself fifty times a day, I said that I’ll remove my glasses & he could read everything to me – soon got the hint.

  4. I have had one since I was in my forties. It took a while to get used to but it makes a huge difference. I am waiting for new ones now & have great difficulty at work without them.

  5. I have had them for a few years now, don’t wear them all the time, only when I know I might be stuggling, I have a bob so no one can even see them.

  6. Mike here-I wear my hearing aid only whilst driving & occasionally in company, but the fun of wearing it in company has gone since I cut my shoulder length hair, with the long hair & the aid hidden it makes for some good conversations.

  7. I have just upgraded mine to fit inside the ear so no one can see them – this is my second lot and it was time a I was missing sounds and even some TV shows where hard to deciper the words having a hearing loss of 90% in the high range cuts out a lot. But as my audiologist said you can take them out when working around home, which I do because housework noises are high pitch enough and irritate my hearing, but generally it is worth getting them in the long run.

  8. Maybe because they cost thousands…

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  9. I love my hearing aids, they go in straight after my shower and come out when I am preparing for bed. The only thing is that I bought these ones when had just retired, about 6 thousand dollars less $1,500 government contribution. Was told recently that I would need new ones soon but now find it difficult to justify that amount of money on a pension. They do give you basic hearing aids free but they don’t block out background noise etc.

  10. I had some but found them too fiddle to operate with my less than supple fingers.Any suggestions?

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