Hearing loss often carries a psychological stigma that can prevent the hearing impaired from seeking treatment. However, wearing a hearing aid to help you hear shouldn’t be any different than wearing glasses to help you see. As hearing professionals, we often help counsel and explain hearing loss to the patients that come into our clinic; but we usually don’t see them until they are at the final stage of hearing loss. Since hearing loss can continue to worsen over time, if you or a loved one are experiencing difficulty hearing, it is vital to come in for an evaluation as soon as possible. Here are the five stages of hearing loss:
- Denial: During this stage, people who aren’t hearing well make excuses rather than admit they are having trouble hearing.
- Anger: The second stage is when they experience anger over the cause of their hearing loss or because they aren’t hearing at all.
- Bargaining: The third stage is bargaining, which includes some level of acceptance, or at least recognizing that there is difficulty hearing.
- Depression: The fourth stage is usually depression, which can also include withdrawal and isolation. Being able to hear is a big component for socialization and when that is taken away, many psychological problems can occur.
- Acceptance: The final stage of hearing loss is when one finally accepts their hearing loss and decides to seek treatment. This usually happens when they realize they are missing out on too much. It’s this stage when we usually see you when you come in for a hearing assessment. This also means, you are finally in the right hands, and we are here to help you hear!
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
When you have any questions about hearing loss and what can cause it, don’t hesitate to turn to the hearing professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations if you think you might have any type of hearing loss. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.