What is holding you back from better hearing?
The realities of treatment can help relieve hearing loss concerns.
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Hearing loss is common in older age. It affects one in three people ages 65 or older, and two out of three people ages 75 or older. The condition leaves people struggling to keep up with conversations or simply hear the phone or TV, which can lead to serious problems. "Hearing loss can make a person less likely to engage with friends and family, which can be associated with depression," says Dr. David Jung, an otologist (ear specialist) with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
People put off getting their hearing checked for a variety of reasons. Understanding the realities of your concerns will help you make a better decision about whether you should seek help. Among the most common excuses: