Hearing loss is such a common ailment, and it is becoming increasingly common. So why do hearing aids carry a stigma that prescription eyeglasses do not? There are several theories as to why hearing loss and hearing aids have a stigma associated with them. Today we will take a closer look at those theories, evaluate how to meet the stigma head-on, and explore how to overcome the stigma of hearing loss in the future.
Why is There a Stigma Associated with Hearing Loss?
There are several theories as to why hearing loss and hearing aids have a stigma associated with them. While no one really knows exactly why, but here are the theories:
- Hearing aids have always been associated with older people.
- Hearing loss has been considered a disability because is can cause a learning disability for children.
- Many people feel embarrassed about wearing hearing aids.
How to Meet the Stigma of Hearing Loss Head-On
In reality, hearing loss is so common, chances are you know someone with some level of hearing impairment because one in ten Americans have some for of hearing loss. Those with hearing loss aren’t all seniors either, it can affect anyone at any point in their lives. We are already seeing an increase in hearing loss in young people due to listening to music with earbuds. The three steps towards meeting the stigma of hearing loss head-on are:
- Talk about your hearing loss, when others are informed, they can better understand what you are dealing with.
- Tell your family and friends what they can do to help you hear better.
- Acknowledge how common hearing loss is and don’t let anything get in the way of you living your life to the fullest, even if that includes wearing hearing aids.
Overcoming the Stigma of Hearing Loss
Meeting the stigma of hearing loss head-on is actually the first step towards overcoming the stigma. Recognizing how common hearing loss is also helps to overcome the stigma because that commonality brings the issue into the mainstream, rather than remaining hidden. Educating people about hearing loss and hearing aids is another step in overcoming the stigma of hearing loss. Perhaps the most powerful tool is the advances in hearing aid technology that are making hearing aids “cool” and technologically advanced. Just as eyeglasses are often considered a fashion statement, newer types of hearing aids are becoming equally fashionable. On the opposite scope of things, other hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller and are virtually invisible. Perhaps the most stand-out thing about hearing aids today is that they are becoming “smart” tech and not only work to help you hear better than ever, but also allow you to connect with other modern technology to experience it without any hindrances from hearing loss.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
At Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here to help you with all your hearing needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. 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.