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Stigma Associated with Hearing Loss

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Steven Davies | 0 Comments

There is much stigma associated with hearing loss that can lead to difficulty for sufferers. Many associate hearing loss with the person affected being slow. Old age and being hard of hearing have been the topics of many jokes. Some people even suggest that a hearing-impaired person has selective deafness, only hearing what they want to hear. These and other prejudices associated with hearing loss can cause feelings of embarrassment and shame. Some people avoid hearing tests and remain in denial about their hearing loss. Some people withdraw socially and often do not ask for help with their condition for this reason.

Depression and Anxiety

When hearing loss occurs, following a conversation and taking part in normal social activities can become difficult and even embarrassing. For this reason, many people decide to socially withdraw rather than ask for help. This often leads to many problems such as isolation and, in some cases, anxiety and depression.

Hearing Aids and Stigma

Often, a person who has a hearing impairment chooses not to use a hearing aid as they think they are unsightly and uncomfortable, and will make them appear weak or vulnerable to others. Some people see hearing aids as a sign the person is suffering from an illness or impairment. Sometimes younger people in particular think wearing a hearing aid is a sign of ineptitude. Those who are career focused are particularly concerned by this. Not wanting to give out this signal, they don’t get help and the damage to the ear worsens over time. Sometimes this is left for so long that help is not available and the person is stuck with their hearing problems.

What many people don’t realize is that many hearing aids are available that are not obvious and visible. Modern hearing aids are quite comfortable to wear, after a short period of adjustment. Treating hearing loss as soon as it is detected will minimize long term damage to the ear, leaving you with better hearing when you reach old age.

Myth Busting

There are many myths about hearing loss that are not true. A lot of people believe that most people affected by hearing loss are mentally ill, but this is not the case. Very few people who are hearing affected are also mentally ill. People with hearing problems exist over a wide cross-section of the community. Hearing loss occurs equally across genders and ethnicities. Half of people with a hearing impairment are of working age, between 18 and 65.

Getting Help

It is possible to move past the stigma and prejudices of hearing loss. Buying hearing aids at Clearly Hearing can save you thousands of dollars and no hearing test is required. Once this is achieved you can look forward to regaining the quality of life you had before your hearing troubles started. If you are feeling depressed or anxious about your condition, getting help from a counselor or health professional is advised.

 

Posted in Hearing Aid Statistics, Hearing Industry, Hearing Loss, Social Issues


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