Seven Years is Too Long to Wait for a Hearing Aid
According to a recent article published in Hearing Review, most people avoid getting a hearing aid despite their significant hearing loss or difficulty understanding conversations in quiet or noisy settings. The average wait time is seven years between the time they are affected by hearing loss and when they are fitted for a hearing device. And once they do seek help, professionals are faced with dealing with negative attitudes, myths and impressions.
There is a widespread negative stigma that goes with wearing hearing assistive devices, which can keep those who need one from getting one. The article “Right Product; Wrong Message” looks at ways we can change public and hearing aid users’ perceptions.