Hearing care professionals have a challenging task: getting people to buy products that they typically don’t want. People often resist getting hearing aids because of the perceived stigma around the devices (“they’ll make me look old”), concern about the cost, or because they think their hearing loss “isn’t bad enough” to need hearing aids. So, how can audiologists overcome these concerns and convince people with hearing loss to get hearing aids?
Many audiologists have found it helpful to spotlight the significant benefits of hearing aids – which goes way beyond “just” helping people hear better. It’s important to educate people that untreated hearing loss can harm their physical, mental, and emotional health. For instance, untreated hearing loss can lead to a variety of mental health conditions, including higher rates of depression, anxiety, dementia, and cognitive decline. Hearing loss can also damage relationships – from marriages to friendships – due to poor communication and ongoing frustrations.