There is lots of information out there about hearing health and proper auditory care. Thankfully, the internet can provide any answer you are looking for.

This includes many articles about why you SHOULD get your hearing tested and treated.

However, this is not one of those articles.

It’s widely known that 48 million Americans suffer from a hearing loss. Of those, only 14% choose to get treatment.

If this is the case, then there must be some really good reasons NOT to get treatment if so many people are not doing it.

We have compiled the top 6 reasons why you or your loved one should NOT get hearing treatment. This will clarify why so many people choose to live with a hearing loss instead of getting help and improving their hearing. 

With that said, let’s go through the “smart” reasons to continue to delay treating your hearing loss.

#1 – Kids And Grandkids Don’t Say Anything Worth Hearing

Easily avoid pointless conversations with kids who don’t know what they are saying half the time anyway.

With untreated hearing loss, you can happily smile and nod through any conversation without having to hear any child’s first words or cute anecdotes.

At first, your kids will probably be annoyed, and that is unfortunate. But over time, without treatment, they will eventually lose interest and stop talking to you altogether.

Peace at last.

#2 – Focus More On Your Meal At A Restaurant Instead Of Pointless Chatter

Restaurants are made to enjoy delicious food crafted by professionals. They should not be a place where the conversation gets in the way.

If you have hearing loss, then you can enjoy your meal so much more. No longer will you have to fake interest with your family or loved one at the table because you can’t hear them anyway.

Focus on your plate of food and nothing else. You won’t be able to hear the constant rumblings of people enjoying themselves.

If it wasn’t because you need someone to communicate with the staff on your behalf, you could go to the restaurant alone all the time.

Doesn’t that sound great?

#3 – You Get To Enjoy Annoying All Your Friends And Family

Remember when you were younger and your siblings used to do things to purposely annoy you for their own enjoyment? Now you can be that person by always asking your family to repeat themselves.

The most common symptom of hearing loss is not hearing normal volume conversation, so you always have to ask people to speak up or repeat themselves.

Over time, your family will become so annoyed by you that you may have to find other people to ply your trade.

Eventually, your family will become so annoyed that they will avoid you completely. When this happens, you can consider yourself successful in annoying the heck out of them. You win!

#4 – You Don’t Have To Listen To Your Spouse Anymore

This can be a dream come true for some. No longer will you hear the requests about taking out the trash or doing the dishes.

You have heard it all before. If you have been with your spouse for many years, you already know what they will say and how they say it. You can just rely on your memory to remind you of the sound of their voice.

Your untreated hearing loss affords you the luxury of not having to communicate at all with your spouse if you choose. For important topics, you can always just shout at each other.

#5 – You Always Get A Surprise When You Go To Stores

Since you can’t hear what store clerks are saying, there’s always the chance that you’ll smile and nod to something that you had no idea you were agreeing to.

Only when you get home and look at the receipt, do you notice that you got the super expensive coffee when all you wanted was your normal black coffee.

It’s always so annoying to ask someone to repeat themselves three or four times anyway, so this way, you get to try new things.

It can be a welcome change from always getting exactly what you order.

Your untreated hearing loss keeps you from getting clarification on certain things. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to keep asking someone to speak up. Avoid that by just hoping for the best and enjoy whatever meal the drive-thru attendant thought you wanted.

#6 – Save Your Money For More Important Things

Hearing isn’t that important to your daily lifestyle anyway. There are lots of more important things to spend money on rather than being able to communicate effectively.

Instead of hearing aids that can enhance your hearing and make it as good as new, you can buy a set of golf clubs.

It’s a lot more fun to go golfing by yourself than it is sitting around the dinner table talking about your day with your loved ones.

Even when you’re golfing, your hearing loss will let you focus more. The sounds of birds chirping, wind rustling the trees, or a nearby babbling brook will all be blocked out by your hearing loss. You can now focus on your game alone while your family spends time elsewhere.

Also, speaking of money, why would you even think about spending your children’s inheritance on something that improves your life? Talk about selfishness.

This Is A Fun Article…But With A Serious Message

We wanted to point out some of the things we hear daily about the hypocrisy of not getting your hearing treated. By pointing out some of the more far-fetched scenarios, we can show how important your hearing actually is.

Your health should always come first, and that includes your hearing. Most people show more attention to their teeth than their hearing.

While your teeth are essential, your hearing is your connection to the world and should never be taken for granted.

We deal with frustrated families and loved ones daily who live with someone with a hearing loss. Your hearing does not only affect you but also those around you.

The tough part about hearing loss is that it develops very gradually in most cases. This gives the patient a chance to get used to the changes, and slowly over time; their whole world has changed.

It’s hard to measure the decline of one’s hearing, which is where the frustration happens. People around you notice before you do.

In any case, we always recommend a hearing assessment. Even if your hearing is fine, it’s good to get a test done, so we know what your hearing is capable of. So, if your hearing does decline, we have a benchmark to work from. 

A hearing assessment is a simple and non-invasive way for us to get all the details about how you hear.

We go slowly and step by step to make sure you are comfortable and know exactly what we are doing. With these results, we can devise a plan to improve your hearing and thus your overall lifestyle.

To schedule your consultation with Massachusetts’ most trusted hearing care experts, simply click here and complete the form.

If you have any questions or need any help, then you can call us at:

Fall River: 508.674.3334
Hyannis: 508.862.0255
Dartmouth: 508.910.2221

As this article has proved, we’ve yet to hear a good excuse to delay treating your hearing loss – for your sake and your family’s sake; you’re encouraged to make today the day that you take your first step toward better hearing. 

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Nancy Duncan, Au.D.

Dr. Duncan’s Southcoast roots run deep, establishing a special connection to the community where she practices. A homegrown product, she graduated from Somerset High, just across the Taunton from Fall River, and received her B.S. in communication disorders and psychology from Worcester State College. Her master of science in audiology was awarded at the University of Arkansas in 1997, after which she worked for several private audiology practices in Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.