What Stops People from Addressing Hearing Loss Challenges? Acadian Hearing Services Patients Answer

by | Feb 12, 2024 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

There’s a big difference between the amount of people who realize they have hearing loss and how many of them get treatment for it. Many people delay treatment until it becomes difficult to keep living their daily lives—or avoid it altogether, finding themselves frustrated and isolated.

If you’re reading this, maybe you’ve asked yourself the same question: what’s stopping me from getting my hearing loss challenge looked at? Or, if you have a loved one who you think has some level of hearing loss, why don’t they get it checked out?

For a lot of people, it’s a matter of denial: their hearing loss isn’t that bad; surely everyone else is just being too quiet? We see countless patients who didn’t realize that they had hearing loss to the degree that they have it until they came in for a professional hearing assessment.

We asked some of our patients about their stories—how they came to recognize their hearing loss, what their first visits to our clinic were like, and how much better their lives became after investing in professional, personalized hearing care.

First up is Colleen, who initially laughed off her hearing loss.

“For several years, I misunderstood what my family were saying,” Colleen says. “It started out as a family joke. ‘You need hearing aids. Ha!’”

Colleen remembers how her hearing got progressively worse over time, until she was recommended Acadian Hearing Services. She’s now very grateful for her hearing aids.

“The improvement in my hearing increased my quality of life much more than I expected.”

Like Colleen, many people don’t address their hearing loss challenges because they don’t believe it’s a problem at first. Colleen laughed off her hearing loss, as she didn’t think it hindered her life—until it started to get worse.

She hopes that others facing hearing loss “don’t hesitate” in getting their hearing loss checked out. “My desire to be able to hear properly obliterated my fears. I just knew that I needed help.”

Next we have Alan, who wasn’t sure where his hearing loss came from.

“I did not understand how I had lost my hearing,” Alan recalls. “I work in a quiet office setting and had not been around heavy equipment all my life… and I was only 45 years old.”

Alan came to Acadian Hearing Services after recommending us to his own patients, and the help he received improved his professional and personal lives immensely. “I have been able to continue to function at a professional level, ‘listening’ to my own patients and not constantly having to have them repeat themselves.”

Alan discovered his hearing loss very young, but it’s a truth that many people of his age bracket need to face: hearing loss can affect anyone and everyone, regardless of age.

Now, after seeing how professional hearing care changed his life, he hopes that more people will seek out a solution for their hearing loss.

Finally, we have Maria, who has worn hearing aids for over 40 years.

Maria remembers when she found out she had hearing loss: “I was 26 years old and volunteering at the school my six-year-old son was attending. The school nurse was testing hearing that day. By chance, she demonstrated the equipment by testing my hearing. I was shocked to learn I had hearing loss in both ears. I had no idea! I was so young.”

Maria found out she would continue to gradually lose her hearing over time.

After several visits to different clinics, surgeries, and testing, she came to Acadian Hearing Services after a decade of wearing hearing aids, looking to invest in a new pair.

A lot of people worry about the cost of hearing care, and procrastinate looking into treatment as a result. Hearing your loved ones properly is worth every penny—something that all our patients are very grateful for after visiting us.

“For over 30 years, Acadian Hearing has been my go-to place for all my hearing needs,” Maria enthuses. “That should speak volumes of my confidence and trust in their team.”

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Dr. Heidi J Sorrells - Audiologist

Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas audiology license. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.