We recently read quite an alarming statistic in the Mirror that stated in a survey of 2000 people 42 percent believed that hearing aids would make them look older, even though half of them believed it would improve their quality of life! The study also found that 64 percent of participants were not aware of the connection between hearing loss and dementia. However, these participants previously cited failing memory and dementia as their number one fear as they get older. You can read our article about the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline here
At The Hearing Clinic UK these results aren’t news to us, but it is saddening to hear. When patients start their journey with us, they usually tell us about the embarrassment and fear they felt in facing their hearing loss, as if something that affects an estimated 11 million people in the UK should be something to be ashamed of. Hearing loss can be an extremely isolating and debilitating condition, it can be difficult to explain to our loved ones the frustration and hopelessness we feel when we struggle in everyday situations.
Often, we find a significant roadblock facing our patients’ seeking help is they have images of clunky, generally useless, unsightly devices that historically did very little to help your hearing. This couldn’t be further from today’s technology, the hearing devices we work with are equipped with some of the best software in the world, packaged in sleek, stylish cases. Think Bluetooth, rechargeable and dozens of colours to pick and choose from, nothing unsightly here!
If you have fears about confronting your hearing loss or worries about what will happen if you do, please get in touch with one of our expert audiologists today and we would be delighted to help calm your worries.
If you would like to read the article from the Mirror you can find it here