When you think about eyeglasses, what do you think of? Most likely your own pair or those of loved ones. If you’re more fashion-minded, you might even think about that funky pair you saw recently on one of your favorite celebrities. You definitely don’t think of old age.
But what about when you think of hearing aids? Probably a different story.
A PR Problem
More than 50% of Canadian adults have vision problems; some 40% have a hearing impairment. Both eyeglasses and hearing aids correct a very common sense impairment — so why are eyeglasses a fashion statement, but it takes, on average, seven years for someone to even get their hearing tested after noticing a hearing loss?
Hearing Loss Affects All Age Groups
The idea that hearing loss is something that happens to people in their old age simply isn’t true. Significant numbers of people across all generations experience some degree of hearing loss.
Normalizing Hearing Loss
Clearly, hearing loss is even more prevalent than vision problems. And it leaves no age group untouched. But the stigma remains, such that only 1 in 5 people who could benefit from hearing technology actually uses it.
But there’s a growing online trend of people discussing their lives with hearing loss — many of them millennials or slightly older — in an attempt to remove the stigma of hearing loss and hearing aids.
Hearing Tech for Today’s Connected Culture
What’s more, the hearing technology of today is a far cry from the hearing aids of 50 years ago. The digital tech of today is sleek and discreet, minimizes background noise, improves speech clarity in complicated sound environments, and focuses on what’s in front of you rather than taking in and amplifying all sounds equally.
Plus, hearing devices are becoming as connected as everything else. You can stream audio wirelessly from your mobile device to your hearing aids, geotag the hearing aid settings for your favorite locations, even hear a phone call in both ears simultaneously — and control it all on the sly with a smartphone app!
inTOUCH Hearing offers Hearing Aids, Free Hearing Tests, Tinnitus Treatment, Hearing Aid Repairs, Custom Hearing Protection, Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aid Accessories in Barrie and surrounding areas.
We are a full-service audiology clinic staffed by licensed hearing professionals. Our goal is to help patients with their hearing needs and offers assistive listening devices. inTOUCH Hearing offers free hearing tests to gauge our clients' needs to get them back to living with optimal hearing.
We also offer Invisible Hearing Aids, and Hearing Aid Accessories. The group of audiologists and hearing specialists at inTOUCH Hearing aims to provide the best, high-quality hearing services available.