A recent study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reveals that hearing problems in Salinas and nationwide might be even more common than most people would have guessed.
According to the report, approximately one in six adults in the United States who are 18 and over report having experienced at least some level of hearing trouble. That amounts to approximately 37.5 million adults in the country—a huge number.
Additionally, 28.8 million American adults would benefit from using hearing aids. However, only one in four adults in the United States of 20 years of age or older who could benefit from using hearing aids have ever used them.
What is particularly noteworthy about this last statistic is the split of age ranges. While one in three adults age 70 or older who could benefit from using hearing aids have actually used them, only about one in six adults between the ages of 20 and 69 have. If one were to break these age ranges down into more age demographics, it is likely the number of people between 20 and 40, or 20 and 30, who have used hearing aids would plummet even further.
Hearing aids are extremely beneficial
So why exactly would people be so hesitant to use a device that could greatly improve the quality of their life? For young people especially, it is most likely an issue of image. Younger people are probably more likely to be embarrassed by wearing a hearing aid, especially the youngest adults, who might worry about being the target of jokes among their friends.
However, there are plenty of reasons why people of all ages who can benefit from hearing aids should use them. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits:
- They improve your quality of life: First and foremost, your quality of life drastically increases when you can actually hear what other people are saying. This should come as no surprise. For younger people especially, being able to hear in a large lecture hall, for example, can be of tremendous help to their ability to study and achieve good grades.
- They integrate with technology: With the rise of smart phones, there are plenty of apps that can integrate with hearing aids to provide you with a significantly better experience.
- They are unobtrusive: Gone are the days in which hearing aids resembled large blobs that sat in your ear. There are plenty of hearing aid options today that are quite unobtrusive, meaning you can wear them every single day and most people would never even notice you’re wearing one.
There is far more to gain from wearing hearing aids than there is reason to be worried about how others might perceive you. If you think you might be able to benefit from using hearing aids, it is important that you take the next step and get some information about receiving them.
Contact the team at Valley Hearing Center today if you are experiencing hearing problems in Salinas.
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