Untreated Hearing Loss

Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss?

by | Aug 13, 2020 | FAQ's, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team at Audicles is going the extra mile to inform you about a range of important issues.

But in fact, one of the most common problems is that people don’t speak to a specialist after first noticing they have symptoms.

Research from John Hopkins University shows around 45 million Americans have some form of a hearing loss, with numbers predicted to almost double in forty years.

These are some of the reasons why you or a loved one may be finding it hard to reach out for much-needed support.

It’s Easy To Ignore

One of the simplest reasons why people don’t treat a hearing loss is that they put it to the back of their minds and don’t see it as an issue.

Instead, they adapt their methods of communication, moving closer to someone when speaking or gradually learning how to lip read.

Not only will these strategies become less effective over time. You’ll also be doing long-term damage to your hearing if you do not seek professional assistance.

The widespread use of masks in San Antonio has highlighted this issue for many, as these face coverings have suddenly revealed how much they rely on visual cues when talking.

Historic Stigma

Another reason why many choose not to treat their hearing is that they feel uncomfortable about admitting to a condition.

Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, people who wore hearing aids were seen as different or in some cases, less intelligent.

Today, however, it’s great to see that opinions have shifted dramatically.

Hearing loss is no longer a sign of aging but something that most people will need to address during their lives at some stage.

Devices and treatments are now discreet and highly sophisticated. You’d be surprised to find out just how many people wear them these days.

Financial Concerns

It’s also common for people to worry about how much investment their treatment may require.

They tend to perceive devices like hearing aids as luxury accessories, not essential tools for preserving one of your key senses.

The good news is hearing technology has reduced in price by an incredible amount over the past twenty years.

Today, most insurance plans also offer either full or partial cover of hearing treatment.

As scientists find more links between dementia and hearing loss, it’s critical to recognize the role of professional care in maintaining your general health for years to come.

Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who might be? Contact the team at Audicles and they’ll be ready to assist you in an instant!

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.