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Removing the Stigma from Hearing Aids
Joshua Luekenga February 15, 2022

Removing the Stigma from Hearing Aids

It is a strange paradox that those with untreated hearing loss are stigmatized just as much as those who wear hearing aids to rectify their hearing loss. This may be one of the reasons as to why people are reluctant to seek help regarding hearing loss. It is important to increase awareness in order to generate an attitude shift within the general population to help towards the acceptance of hearing aids.

Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the United States. In fact, it is a common condition worldwide, with more than 460 million people affected by it across the globe. Around 1 in every 10 people in America has some form of hearing loss, so it is not as uncommon as you might think. Strangely, only around 25% of those with hearing loss actually seek treatment for it, mostly due to the fear of being stigmatized and ostracized.

Thankfully, with changing times we are currently experiencing a shift in the attitude of people regarding hearing aids. As the prevalence of hearing loss increases, people are beginning to see just how beneficial hearing aids can be. Hearing aids are slowly becoming popular since they can help you gain the most out of your daily interactions and help overcome your hearing loss.

Previously, hearing aids used to be associated only with the elderly population. Nowadays, with sleeker designs, discreet models, and enhanced features, hearing aids are popular with younger generations as well.

Hearing aid users provide great feedback about their experience with modern hearing aids. In fact, research shows that hearing aid use helps increase cognitive abilities in those with hearing loss by reducing brain fatigue that results from untreated hearing loss. Hearing aids also help improve relationships at home and in the workplace, while enhancing an individual’s earning capacity at work. Armed with facts like these, hearing aids are slowly gaining popularity as their stigma begins to fade.

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