How long is too long?
Would you wait to get a heart transplant if your doctor said you need one now? How about a new liver, how long would you wait to replace that if it was needed right away? What if you were paralyzed from the waist down and a new procedure with little to no risk's was available, would you wait 8 years to do it?
Now the golden question...
How long would you wait to try hearing aids if you were told you have a hearing loss right now?
If 34 million people have hearing loss in the US, why do less than 28% of them wear hearing aids? Shouldn't closer to 80 or 90% be wearing hearing aids? I usually attribute these low numbers to vanity, pride, misunderstanding, and the negative stigma hearing aids usually have by non users, but what most people don't realize about hearing aids is that they don't only help your hearing, they improve your quality of life.
It's not always a quick process, but it is a certain one. As your hearing loss slowly trickles down year by year, your social anxiety slowly rises year by year. After you've said "what did you say" or "can you repeat that" enough times in conversation, you will tend to avoid social situations all together. You might say that you don't feel like going to the party, but what you're really saying is "I don't want to deal with saying what all the time" or "I don't want to be laughed at or excluded from the conversation." So instead of going to the party, you stay at home.
Now lets look at a person like Stephen Hawking for a second. Despite his struggle with motor neuron disease, he has accomplished an amazing amount of scientific breakthroughs, he's world renown, and respected in the science community as a brilliant man. Do you think he could have achieved as much as he has with out the ability to communicate?
And do you want to know what makes you so different than Stephen Hawking... absolutely nothing.
He uses a device to help him communicate and hearing aids are no more than a device to help you communicate. Usually with the people that are closest and most important to you like your husband or wife, your daughter or son, your grandchildren, friends, family, the guy behind the counter at the grocery store, your doctor, the waitress at your favorite restaurant, your co-workers, and just about everyone else that you say one or more words to throughout the rest of your life!
So now the questions really becomes, why wouldn't you want to help your hearing?
When all is said and done, you are the only person stopping yourself from trying to improve your life with better hearing. So don't follow the sheep that choose to suffer with hearing loss and go to a local hearing aid dispenser for a full consultation.
Better hearing = a better life!