Out of sight and out of mind

Let’s explore how invisible hearing aids can make a person feel better about wearing a hearing aid.

No one wants to look older than what they are. Unfortunately, hearing loss is misperceived to be a symptom of old age. However, 40 percent of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss are younger than 60.

For some people, wearing something that points out that misconception may serve as a detractor. With completely invisible hearing aids, the device slips into the canal, making it indistinguishable from everyone around the hearing aid wearer.
“Invisible hearing aids are out of sight and therefore, ‘out of mind’ for the hearing aid wearer,” said Nicole Klutz, Au.D., Phonak Audiology Manager. “They don’t have to worry about anyone seeing their hearing aid or potentially associating old age with hearing loss.”

Keep an active lifestyle

The United States of Aging Survey showed that more than half of survey respondents (52 percent) who were 60 and older exercise or are physically active at least four days per week. For those who wear hearing aids, having a device that allows them to stay active is important.

Completely invisible hearing aids don’t have to be manipulated or taken in or out of ears. “A completely invisible hearing aid allows wearers to live their life as they did before they started wearing the device,” said Klutz. “They don’t have to take their hearing aid out to use the phone, exercise or participate in activities they enjoy.”

Eliminate the Hassle

Completely invisible hearing aids are hassle-free because the hearing aid wearer does not have to do anything. Once the completely invisible hearing aid is in their ear, they simply forget about it and go about their normal lifestyle, according to Klutz.

“Thanks to the placement of completely invisible hearing aids, the hearing aid wearer doesn’t have to worry about taking the hearing aid out and dropping it, stepping on it or misplacing it,” she added.

Get in-tune with invisible hearing aids

Klutz said the longer someone with hearing loss waits to address it, the longer and harder they are working to understand conversations where they may be missing parts of words or sentences. They also are more likely to withdraw themselves from activities they previously enjoyed but are no longer enjoying due to their hearing loss.

“People with hearing loss deserve to live a fulfilled, sound-enriched life just as everyone else, without having to worry about being judged for wearing a hearing aid,” she added.

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Resources

1. Hear.it.org. February 25, 2019 news release.
2. JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. January 2019 article.
3. “Hearing Loss and Falls Among Older Adults in the United States” Frank Lin, M.D. Ph.D., Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D. Archive of Internal Medicine 2012
4. Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. Lin, Frank MD PhD et al. JAMA Internal Medicine 2013. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):293-299.Published online January 21, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868