We are always surprised that there are so many people out there who don’t hear well, but also don’t do anything about it. We are curious, why don’t more people get their hearing checked regularly? Is this supposed to be almost a duplicate paragraph of the first one?
We had to investigate:
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that there are 28 million people in the United States who are deaf or hard of hearing.
They also estimate that only about 6 million of those people wear hearing aids. That leaves approximately 22 million people who suffer from hearing loss, but aren’t doing anything about it.
It is entirely possible that they don’t even realize that they aren’t hearing well anymore, and it goes without saying that they obviously are not having their hearing checked regularly, or even at all.
Why? They have to know that they aren’t hearing everything, don’t they?
Actually, they might not. That’s the number one reason that people don’t have their hearing checked; they haven’t yet come to the realization that there is a problem. They aren’t actively refusing – they just legitimately don’t know.
Which brings us to the next reason…active denial.
These folks realize they don’t hear well, but they don’t think it actually affects them or those around them. They may think it’s not bad enough to get checked yet. They may not want to be a burden to their loved ones. They may just be refusing to face facts. In any case, they aren’t quite ready to get checked.
Cost is a large factor for many people.
They don’t think they can afford a hearing assessment and they are worried that the cost of the hearing aids will be more than they can afford. This leads to just ignoring the problem, because what does it matter if you can’t hear if you can’t pay for hearing aids? Additionally, more and more insurance companies are covering part or all of the hearing evaluation – and we do the billing for you!
The good news on this one is that we offer a complimentary initial consultation that includes a free screening. We will bill your insurance for you. More and more insurance companies are covering part or all of the hearing evaluation. Last but not least, we offer payment options. We are more than happy to help our clients navigate the entire process, something that not all clinics are able or willing to do.
Vanity is another big factor.
Some people just refuse to wear hearing aids because they imagine the large external devices of the last century. Luckily, there are new devices that are basically undetectable. Come on in, and we can show you just how small they come these days.
For most people, hearing loss is a gradual thing. It starts with needing the television a little louder. Or asking people to repeat themselves.
If you are experiencing this or any other sign that you might not be hearing as well as you used to, please come see us.
We’d love to help you improve your hearing and by extension, your quality of life. Give us a call and schedule a complimentary, initial consultation today.
We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance, we are committed to better hearing and committed to you!