In Denial: Avoiding Hearing Aids And Why This Is Not A Good Idea
As you age, you may be resistant to accepting the changes in your body. That is normal; no one wants to accept the aging process. However, avoiding hearing aids because you do not want people to see them or that you do not want to accept that you have a hearing problem is not a good idea. Here is why.
It May Be Something Other Than Age-Related Hearing Loss
Having your hearing checked for hearing aids often leads to the discovery of something other than age-related hearing loss. You could have an auditory nerve tumor or a deficit in the inner ear fluids that help you transmit sound waves. These are correctable problems that can be treated and cured, often without having to wear hearing aids afterward. In the case of tumors and/or cancer, you definitely would want to know that you have one of these conditions. It could mean more than just hearing loss; it could mean the loss of your life!
It Could Mean a Progressive Disease
More than just the above problems, hearing loss is sometimes the first sign of more progressive diseases. As the disease progresses, you will lose more and more of your hearing, until, ultimately, you are deaf. The fact that many of these diseases can be stopped or cured should be enough to get you to see an audiologist. You may still have partial hearing loss, depending on the disease and the nature of the disease, but the rest of your hearing would be saved because you and your audiologist caught it early.
This is akin to having an eye doctor perform regular exams. An eye doctor can spot macular degeneration, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even the beginning of cataracts via an eye exam. Like problems with your ears, these things can be stopped, altered, and/or cured.
There Are Hearing Aids You Cannot See
If, in fact, you have hearing loss, regardless of how you come by it, there are hearing aids that you cannot see. These tiny hearing aids are inserted in the ears, and only people standing really close to you and looking into your ears can see them. If you find that you do not have any major health issues connected to your hearing loss, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Then you can ask your audiologist for the hearing aids that are invisible to everyone else but you.