Age-related hearing loss affects 40 percent of adults aged 55 to 74, according to the International Journal of Audiology, but 80 percent of those who could benefit from a hearing aid do not use them. It seems men are particularly unlikely to wear hearing aids. About one-third of men need hearing aids by the age of 65, according to Harvard Medical School, but only about half wear them.
So why are men so reluctant to use a technology that could greatly enhance their quality of life? There are many good theories. Dr. Ruth Westheimer shared her theory with AARP. The lecturer, therapist and best-selling author said that, while men do not age more slowly than do women, men adjust to aging more slowly. Women begin adjusting to aging earlier by coloring gray hair, using makeup, or by undergoing cosmetic surgery to erase wrinkles and sagging skin. For men, on the other hand, wearing a hearing aid is the first artificial enhancement to deal with the aging process.
Furthermore, social norms require men to maintain an image of vitality and potency. Since hearing aids undeniably signal loss of functionality, wearing one may make a man feel less vital or potent. Other men avoid wearing hearing aids because they are afraid it carries a social stigma.
Many men do not notice that their hearing is declining. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, so many men do not realize that they need a hearing aid.
Hear This, Men – Hearing Aids Can Improve the Quality of Your Life
Hearing loss can have a profoundly negative impact on a man’s life, relationships, and cognitive health. Being unable to hear your significant other whisper your name or enjoy your favorite song can be devastating. Untreated hearing loss is associated with depression, social isolation, dementia, and decreased physical activity.
The first step in improving your hearing, and avoiding problems associated with hearing loss, is to make an appointment with a certified audiologist. These healthcare professionals perform hearing tests that measure the loudness and clarity of sound, which means they determine how loud a sound needs to be before you can hear it and how clear the sound is to your ears.
If you have hearing issues, schedule an appointment with U.S. Hearing Solutions today. Find a location near you by filling out this convenient form.