Throughout August, it’s Hearing Health Awareness Month. So I thought it would be a great time to answer some of those questions that often sit at the back of people’s minds.

One is why people wait so long before seeking assistance about their hearing concerns. John Hopkins University suggests it normally takes ten years before someone takes action.

This is no doubt a complicated question.

But most often, I find that the answer falls into two particular categories: someone’s in denial or they’re worried about costs.

Could you be in denial?

One of the most prominent reasons why someone doesn’t act when they first recognize a hearing loss is that they fear a diagnosis.

This usually stems from the historic stigma surrounding hearing loss.

They remember their grandparents wearing large, bulky devices that made others treat them differently and assume they’ll receive a similar experience.

But today, both technology and opinions of hearing loss have changed dramatically.

More young and middle-aged people are accepting early treatment, not only to preserve their hearing but to ensure their cognitive capacity remains in good shape.

Furthermore, hearing aids have developed since the ‘60s and ‘70s. They’re now discreet, sleek devices with Bluetooth capability and wireless charging, in some cases.

This means hearing treatment is now essential if you’re looking to maintain your youth!

Do you have a price concern?

The other common reason why someone decides not to treat their hearing loss is that they’re concerned about the level of investment required.

Hearing loss treatments are seen as out of reach for many, a view that prevents a large number from even making an inquiry.

However, there are two ways to challenge this thinking.

First, a hearing loss won’t just affect your ability to interpret sounds. It can also lead to a wide range of social and emotional issues.

These may threaten your overall quality of life and can also affect those close to you.

Second, hearing treatments have reduced in price dramatically over the past few decades.

Many insurance companies are now prepared to pay either the full or a partial amount for treatments, making the investment far more affordable.

I also promise to work personally with you and make sure you get the right solution at a level that makes sense.

Want to find out more? I’m always happy to talk to people about their concerns. So give me a call, and I’ll let you know about the best steps to take going forward.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.