Do I really need a hearing aid?
If you (or someone you know) is ever confronted with this question I believe there are a number of factors that you should consider in order to come up with the right answer.
Firstly, I believe the correct way to ask this question is, “am I ( or my family/friend) experiencing a handicap associated with the decrease in hearing?” Meaning is the hearing loss isolating me ( or my family/friend) from doing the things I enjoy doing in life. We know that a hearing loss can isolate an individual and that isolation can put an individual at increased risk of a number of other negative health outcomes (i.e. increased risk of cognitive decline; increased risk of falling; reduced general health and well being).
For a large majority of people with hearing loss the use of hearing aids are a good and effective solution for combating isolation and maintaining connections to the people and activities that bring joy and quality to their lives. However, some folks may not have ever had a life style that included a lot of social interactions and although they may have a hearing loss don’t necessarily experience a significant handicap and may do very well with some of the different assistive devices for specific situations where there is a particular difficulty (i.e. TV, telephone, etc…)
We feel at Professional Hearing Services our Mission Statement fits well with this approach , specifically,
” To improve the quality of life of all those we meet through better hearing”
So when you are thinking about whether amplification is right for you look at it in the context of your overall quality of life and general health and with an eye to maintaining your general well being. Also look at how your loss affects the people around you and what you can do to help them also be able to continue to maintain their connection to you.
Make technology whether it is hearing aids or other equipment work for you to the extent you need it, to live a full and healthy life.