Q. Why am I having so much trouble admitting to myself I need to get some hearing aids?
A. Difficulty with hearing creates a lot of negative connotations in the U.S. And most people do not like to think of themselves in negative ways.
People with hearing trouble are often falsely thought of as being mentally slow, old, needing more help, hard to deal with, angry or reclusive, troublesome, and generally lacking in self-sufficiency. Again, these are false impressions.
When a person minimizes or ignores their hearing loss and delays seeking beneficial help to hear better, they do so because they do not want to be associated with these negative stereotypes. These are classic avoidance behaviors. Try to focus on the positives instead.
When a person hears better, the false, negative connotations evaporate. Hearing better elevates a person’s self-confidence and self-image. Hearing better improves connections and communication with others and allows a person to feel more included. Hearing better actually reduces how old a person feels! Hearing better reduces frustration, stress and strain and has been proven to reduce the risk of many stress related health conditions. Just imagine, hearing better is linked to better health!
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.