Too often, there is a stigma that goes with using a hearing aid. And when that happens, many people just put up with the hearing loss rather than wear a corrective device that can really do them a lot of good. The reasons for avoiding using a hearing aid are pretty much universal. The wearer doesn’t want to be seen as damaged or “special” in any way. The wearer fears he or she will be pitied or that the hearing aid will be ugly and cause people to stare.
There is really just one word for the reason the majority of people avoid getting help with their hearing in this way. That word is “vanity”. The sad thing is that in terms of how others perceive you, far more people will be negatively impressed with you if you are constantly asking them to speak up or playing your music or TV too loud because of your hearing loss. As with many aspects of life, you appear more foolish trying to pretend you don’t have the problem than if you just got that hearing aid and began to enjoy the benefits of good hearing again.
Another reason people often hold back on getting help in the form of a hearing aid is that they are timid about the fact that they don’t know what would be the best device for them. Of course, fear of people you don’t know learning things about you holds us all up in a lot of ways. But when it comes to an issue of your lifestyle or health, it is really silly to let your vanity or fear of asking questions hold you back from getting the help you need and deserve. After all, nobody expects you to know everything about hearing aids and how to use them without some help. That is why we have doctors and hearing experts to help us. All you have to do is ask for the help and you will quickly get brought up to speed on what the best kind of digital hearing aid would be for you.
A hearing aid is not a silly or vain thing to get. Being able to hear well is just as important as being able to see. And just as people are not afraid to show they have loss of sight by wearing glasses, there should be no shame in the fact that you need a hearing aid. Your loss of hearing does not reflect a personal failing or weakness on your part. It is a medical need and a hearing aid is a medical answer to that need.
Some consultation with a doctor will help you find out from a technical standpoint what kind of hearing aid will help you the most. But your lifestyle issues are important too. You can be fitted with a hearing aid that can accommodate your athletic lifestyle and you can even have hearing aids made that fit your personal style. The hearing aid industry is sophisticated and able to find a device that is perfect for you. And after all, what makes a hearing aid the best one for you is whether you like it, it fits you and if it really helps your life. It is worth all the effort once you can hear well again.