Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Loss Awareness Month

Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Loss Awareness Month

by | Aug 1, 2020 | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Throughout Hearing Health Awareness Month, the Clarity Hearing team is making as much noise as possible about why treatments are essential.

It’s a time to feel proud of the work we do throughout Eastern Texas. But also, to reflect on why more people don’t get the right help in good time.

John Hopkins University suggests many wait as long as ten years after an initial concern before asking for help.

Data like this shows just why raising awareness is so important now. These are some of the reasons why you or a loved one might not have looked for assistance.

“Can you speak up?”

One of the central reasons why people don’t seek professional attention for a hearing loss is that they don’t realize there’s an issue.

This is because hearing loss often takes place gradually, over long periods.

Many also learn to unconsciously adapt their behavior through techniques, such as lip reading, making it easier to ignore.

Loved ones are usually the first to notice that you may be struggling.

Classic signs include turning the TV up louder than normal or asking others to repeat themselves several times a day.

The quicker someone receives treatment, the longer their hearing can be maintained at an excellent level.

If you know someone who is displaying symptoms, now is the time to suggest that they get a comprehensive hearing assessment.

“I’m fine!”

Another reason why people don’t seek help for years is that they’re in denial of their problem.

This is common, as hearing loss is associated with a stigma that goes back to the early days of the health profession.

Many remember the bulky, whistling devices that their grandparents wore and assume they’ll be offered something similar.

But the good news is that today the times have changed, with millions of people treating a hearing loss each year like they would their eyesight.

Hearing aids have also come a long way since their inception. Now, they’re small and discrete and have features like Bluetooth connectivity.

“I’m concerned by the investment”

Another common worry is the level of investment required to achieve a great outcome, as often people associate hearing treatments with a high financial burden.

However, it’s important to remember that with the right treatment, you won’t just be protecting your ears in the future.

That’s because researchers have linked untreated hearing loss with long-term cognitive decline and even dementia.

Hearing treatments have come down in price dramatically since the early days, and most insurers now cover either part or all of the costs.

If you’re looking to invest in your future, the team at Clarity Hearing will work with you to find an excellent solution that meets your financial needs.

Are you concerned about hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact the team at Clarity Hearing, and they’ll be ready to help you!

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Dr. Scott Marquardt - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Clarity Hearing

Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.

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