Turn Down Your iPod and Get a Hearing Aid:
(You Probably Need It!)
Turn Down Your iPod and Get a Hearing Aid
by Amy Reiter, November 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM
That startlingly high number is more than twice as many as was previously estimated. But what's really shocking is how few of us actually treat the loss.
Honestly, why aren't hearing aids almost as common as eyeglasses? It really makes no sense at all. We as a society think nothing of making a fashion statement with funky, chunky eyeglasses and feel no shame in admitting we wear contacts or have had corrective eye surgery -- but hearing aids still carry a huge stigma in this country.
Think of it this way: We would never let our children suffer with hearing loss without taking action. Yet we ourselves are willing to live with it purely out of totally misplaced shame.That's silly.
Of course, if more people wore hearing aids, they would eventually lose their stigma. (And also, they make them pretty low-profile these days -- it's not like you have to walk around with a giant ear trumpet or anything.)
Let's hope people hear the implications of this study loud and clear -- and that far more of us make sure to get the help we need.
If you found out you had a hearing loss, would you wear a hearing aid?