The Hearing Loss Post

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I know this all to well.

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I feel like I’d be doing myself and everyone else if I didn’t do a blog about hearing loss. Chances are at some point if not already a large majority of this small class will experience some form of hearing loss. My generation is the iPod generation and if you walk around everyone has earbuds or beats headphones that they’re constantly blasting music into their ears. People attend concerts and go to loud activities and don’t protect their hearing. The age of people who are needing hearing aids is decreasing. The market is growing fast.

“60 percent of people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or educational settings.”

Some quick statistics for you:

  • About 20 percent of americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf.

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You can hardly notice them.

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Everyones biggest fear with hearing aids is that other people might see them. People are incredibly vain. Hearing aids have changed since the 80’s. They do offer a lot of smaller models that work very well. People are always nervous someone might notice but the fact is that most people don’t actively look at someone else ears. And even if they do, hearing aids are relatively hide able and come in skin tones to match. The thing that is more noticeable is someone who seems inattentive or someone you’d need to yell at due to their loss.

Hearing aids can be incredibly expensive and they shouldn’t because your cell phone is an incredibly more complex device that costs a fraction of the price of a normal hearing aid. I can say as someone in this industry it is extremely competitive and it is getting less expensive.

Hearing isn’t like vision loss. You cannot get lasik and magically see 20/20 again. When your hearing goes it is gone. Take care of your ears. Wear ear plugs. Cover your ears. Turn your damn headphones down to a reasonable volume (around level 6). I don’t want you as a customer.

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How do I get my message across?!

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3 thoughts on “The Hearing Loss Post

  1. I enjoyed reading this. I don’t want to be your customer either. I can really relate to this article because I know that as I get older, it will become a topic of conversation more in my home. My wife just turned 30 and already has bad hearing. At some point down the line, it will need to be addressed. She is very embarrassed at times when she needs to have people repeat themselves. It’s nice to see how far technology has come where it’s hardly noticeable to have hearing aides.

    1. Tim it’s great that you’re recognizing it earlier. It’s always tough to know when the time is right to look into hearing aids. I do recommend getting hearing tests regularly if you’re knowing she’s experiencing loss. Just having an understanding of how drastic it is can be helpful.

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