A study form the National Council of Aging found that among 2300 patients with hearing loss who refused to wear hearing aids were 50% more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and memory loss. On the other hand, those who wore hearing aids were more likely to be both physically and socially active. Most patients wait 6 years before seeing the doctor about their hearing loss. Adults over the age of 70 were more likely to use hearing aids than younger patients. The reasons given by the researchers include denial, vanity and a lack of awareness of how much they are “missing”.
What the researchers leave out is that most hearing aids do not work as advertised and the costs (around $6000) is rarely covered by insurance.