While almost all cases of hearing loss are physically treatable, only about 20% of people who would benefit from hearing aids use them. And even among those who do seek help, it takes an average of 5 to 7 years before they schedule a hearing test.
Mount Pleasant, SC (PRWEB) June 04, 2015
Advanced Hearing Care has recently published an article titled The Psychology of Hearing Loss, which can be read in its entirety at http://www.advhearing.com/the-psychology-of-hearing-loss/. The article examines the lesser-understood emotional side of hearing loss and how people tend to respond to their loss.
According to Advanced Hearing Care, while almost all cases of hearing loss are physically treatable, only about 20% of people who would benefit from hearing aids use them. And even among those who do seek help, it takes an average of 5 to 7 years before they schedule a hearing test.
The possibility for achieving better hearing physically does not match the psychological tendency for people to actually seek help. The discrepancy can be explained, according to Advanced Hearing Care, by consulting the scholarship of the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who uncovered the stages people pass through when they lose something valuable.
The first step is to recognize that hearing loss is in fact a loss, in the sense that something valuable has been taken away and is seemingly lost forever, according to Advanced Hearing Care. Then, in understanding how people typically deal with loss, the reasons why people resist seeking help becomes more apparent.
People with hearing loss tend to progress through the five stages of loss, albeit not necessarily in the same order or in the same amount of time. Nevertheless, it is common to witness people with hearing loss pass through each stage.
The first stage is denial, and because hearing loss is difficult to detect due to its gradual onset, an individual can remain in this stage for an extended period of time. After denial comes the anger stage, which can manifest itself as blaming others for mumbling.
The next stage is the bargaining stage, which can manifest itself as a form of intellectualization in which the person with hearing loss is convinced that their condition is minor and not in need of medical care. After the bargaining stage, and once the person realizes the full extent of the problem, he or she may enter the depression stage, under the false assumption that there is no hope for treatment. Finally, there is the acceptance stage, where the individual accepts the condition and takes action to correct it.
As the statistics show, only about 20% of all people with hearing loss reach the stage of acceptance. Advanced Hearing Care is hopeful that as the psychology of hearing loss is better understood, more people will get the help they need.
About Advanced Hearing Care
Advanced Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice located in Mount Pleasant South Carolina. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, Advanced Hearing Care offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.
Dr. Mary Anne Larkin, Au.D.
Advanced Hearing Care