Why Does It Take So Long for Someone with Hearing Loss to Accept Help?

A lot can happen in seven years. Your child can go from being a shy high school sophomore to a fully employed college graduate, or from a child who enjoys watching Saturday morning cartoons to a young adult—who can drive. Guess what else takes seven years? It is the average amount of time that someone waits before getting their hearing checked after the first signs of loss occur. Why do most people wait so long? 

Seven years is the average amount of time that someone waits before getting their hearing checked after the first signs of loss occur.

First, let's look at some of the early signs of hearing loss


  • Difficulty hearing people on the telephone. Have you turned your phone’s volume setting to the max and it still isn’t enough sometimes? 
  • Family and friends start to let you know that your TV is too loud—and they are not just talking about the commercials 
  • It is a strain to focus on and follow conversations. You may be exhausted or have a bad headache at the end of a day because of the extra work it takes to hear those around you 
  • You have a hard time following a conversation if two or more people are talking at once 
  • In noisy environments, you have great difficulty hearing conversations. It might no longer be a pleasure to eat out at loud restaurants or bars 
  • People always sound like they are mumbling 
  • You often misunderstand what people say to you 
  • Women’s and children’s voices are particularly hard to hear


If you only recognize one or two of these symptoms and they don’t occur all that often, you may not have hearing loss at all. However, chances are good that you have a significant deficit if you recognize yourself as having several of these symptoms. Based on the average seven-year delay between the first recognized symptom and a person taking action, it makes sense to spend a little time understanding why this delay occurs. 


Why do people wait?


First, denial is a very powerful defense. If a person admits their hearing is failing, they might also believe they are announcing to the world that they are getting old or losing their independence. Whatever the case, avoiding the situation is often easier than confronting it. 

Another possible roadblock is the feeling of helplessness. “There is nothing anyone can do about it anyway,” you might catch yourself thinking. This is 100% false. Although today’s hearing aids cannot reverse your hearing loss, they can minimize the effects it has on your daily life, helping to reduce background noise and using digital technology to make what you do want to hear clearer. 

Finally, you might believe that wearing hearing aids is conspicuous and embarrassing. Today’s hearing aids are not what your grandfather or even your mother wore. Many are nearly invisible, and others are made in fashionable colors to match your taste and style. 

Do you know what the number 2,555 represents? It is the number of days in a seven-year period. You have a choice: You could spend those days struggling to hear and understand conversations and possibly isolating yourself when it just gets too hard. Or you could visit a hearing care professional to evaluate your hearing and discuss cutting-edge, effective solutions that can make a huge difference in your conversations and relationships. 

Make every day count: Go see a hearing care professional today and take back control of your life. It’s easy. At Miracle-Ear, specialists offer free hearing evaluations, and with more than 1,300 locations nationwide, you should have no problem finding a location near you. Schedule yours today! 

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It can be difficult to communicate with a loved one about their hearing troubles. Hearing loss affects individuals in a wide variety of ways. Often, it occurs gradually, so your loved one might not even realize it's getting worse. Bringing up hearing loss can heighten emotions. Use our free conversation guide to prepare yourself and make sure that you're able to get help for your loved ones.

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