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Are you worried about the stigma of wearing a hearing aid?

"by " Albert Stein

It can be a shock to learn that you have a disability in the form of a hearing impairment. Once it's been medically diagnosed, it's to come with an adjustment of lifestyle habits to accommodate for it, including wearing a hearing aid.

It's one of the many reasons that seniors are reluctant to want to go for a hearing test, because the assumption that doing so, and having to wear a hearing aid, will make them seem weak and feeble.

This is one of the biggest barriers when it comes to getting regular checks to catch a hearing impairment earlier rather than later, and is attached to the negative stigmas of hearing aids.

The small gadget attached to your ear can make seniors self-conscious and feel judged by others. However, by not catching onto hearing loss early on, it can lead to a more severe impairment and cause a bigger socially isolating impact.

There's around 1 in 6 Australians currently living with a hearing impairment, according to The Australian Network on Disability*. The rates of people with hearing loss are only expected to increase to 1 in 4 by 20502, which means that you are not alone.

A hearing aid will allow you to be able to join in conversations and partake in them, whereas an undiagnosed and untreated hearing condition can not only be detrimental to your health, but also cause you to feel left out when conversing with your loved ones.

Going to get your hearing checked is the first step, and will help to better your hearing. Don't let it be a weakness, utilise it as a strength instead.

Don't hesitate to come into a Audika clinic for a hearing check, or call our team for a consult at 0800 001 726.

*AND, Stats and Facts. Accessed March, 2016.

*HEARnet Online, The Facts On Hearing Loss. Accessed March, 2016.