Hearing Loss Denial

Hearing Loss Denial

One characteristic that many people with hearing loss share is that they deny their hearing loss as long as they possibly can, despite the fact that it measurably reduces their quality of life. Go figure! On this page we’ll explore why people choose denial over treatment and what can be done about it.

December 2012 – How to talk to a loved one about hearing loss

March 2012 – AARP-ASHA Survey: Seniors Choose to Live with Hearing Loss

February 2012 – Hearing Aids: Needed but Shunned

December 2011 – Survey: Majority of AARP Members with Hearing Loss Say They Don’t Believe They Need Treatment

March 2011 – Many college students fail to recognize their hearing loss

January 2010 – Not hearing grandchildren main reason for hearing test

December 2009 – Study Finds Family Members Play Critical Role in Addressing Loved Ones’ Hearing Loss

June 2009 – Siemens-Funded Study Finds Boomers Deny Hearing Loss

April 2009 – Children Speak Up: A Parent’s Hearing Loss Hinders Relationships

November 2008 – Spanish Mom Embraces Hearing Aid

August 2008 – Untreated Hearing Loss Puts Children at Risk, BHI Warns

June 2008 – Give Dad the Smallest Power Tool in the World

July 2007 – To Purchase a Hearing Aid or Not?

March 2007 – Hearing sounds of joy once again

October 2006 – ALDAcon 2006 Presentation – Coaching and Late Onset Hearing Loss – A Partnership that Works

September 2006 – Vint Cerf and BHI Address Untreated Hearing Loss


How to talk to a loved one about hearing loss

December 2012

Full of festive gatherings, this time of year brings us close to friends and family. But if you know someone suffering from hearing loss, it may be hard for you both to fully enjoy time together. You can help improve your loved one’s quality of life by addressing the problem with understanding and care. With a few simple steps, you can start the conversation and help find a solution. From not being able to hear during family dinners and having grandkids disinterested in conversations due to lack of understanding to requiring the TV or radio to be unreasonably loud, a number of different scenarios can be indications of just how much hearing loss affects normal activities and communication. Rather than simply applying short-term solutions, such as speaking louder, leaving the room when the TV is on or repeating yourself constantly, help a loved one find a better solution. When approaching someone about hearing loss, remember he or she may be in denial or self-conscious about the problem. Here are a few steps to follow to help the process go smoothly  Full Story


AARP-ASHA Survey: Seniors Choose to Live with Hearing Loss

March 2012

Older people say they are aware of the importance of good hearing yet they routinely go without treating their own hearing problems. A new survey of more than 2,200 American seniors not only underscored that apathy but put into sharp relief the challenge that hearing health care specialists face in making hearing health a key component of wellness. More than 80 percent of respondents said hearing health is very or extremely important to them, and about half reported having untreated hearing issues, including one-third of respondents who said their hearing was not as good as it should be but did not believe it needed to be treated. The survey of adults 50 and older, released in December, was a joint project of AARP and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Pam Mason, the director of audiology professional practices at ASHA, said education and outreach initiatives need to focus on how hearing loss is much more than a medical issue. Instead, it interferes with a person’s ability to maintain the personal connections so crucial to maintaining good health in old age.  Full Story


Hearing Aids: Needed but Shunned

February 2012

Only 14% of older adults with hearing loss use hearing aids, according to estimates from a nationwide survey. The proportion dropped to fewer than 4% of people with mild hearing loss across all age decades and to fewer than 5% of adults ages 50 to 59, irrespective of the severity of hearing loss. The results suggest that almost 23 million older Americans with audiometry-confirmed hearing loss do not use hearing aids, wrote Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD, and Wade Chien, MD, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, in a brief clinical correspondence in the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Full Story


Survey: Majority of AARP Members with Hearing Loss Say They Don’t Believe They Need Treatment

December 2011

A new survey of AARP members reveals that nearly half of respondents say that their hearing is getting worse. At the same time, the survey shows that over half of the same AARP respondents with hearing difficulties don’t believe they need treatment. The survey, conducted by AARP and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), focuses on the state of hearing among Americans 50 years and older. Its goal was to examine AARP members’ attitudes toward hearing, the needs and unmet needs for treating hearing issues, as well as the members’ knowledge of where to go for help. AARP’s vice president Nicole Duritz commented in the press announcement, “While the survey results indicate that older Americans recognize the impact hearing difficulties can have on relationships with family and friends, people are also going without treatment, which can negatively impact quality of life and lead to safety issues.”   Full Story