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What Stops People from Addressing Their Hearing Challenges? Our Patients Answer

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Hearing Health, Patient Resources

Addressing hearing challenges is no small feat. While it’s a widely acknowledged fact within the industry that many individuals have hearing challenges, the number of people who actually decide to seek treatment is disproportionately smaller.  

A delay or outright refusal to seek treatment not only exacerbates the problem but also affects the individual’s relationships, causing frustration and feelings of isolation among their loved ones. 

Despite the industry’s continuous emphasis on the importance of regular hearing testing and early detection, the majority prefer to remain oblivious to their hearing challenges.  

To delve deeper into this, we turned to our patients at Jacobs Audiology to share their personal experiences. 

Clement’s Journey to Clear Hearing 

“It’s ironic that when you have a hearing loss, you’re probably the last to know—or I should say, accept it,” starts Clement, with a chuckle. 

While his family frequently urged him to get a hearing test, he resisted. Yet his hesitation melted away when he visited Jacobs Audiology in Bowie.  

With a newfound confidence, he shares, “I remember walking outside to my car and just looking up at the sky because I could finally hear birdsthe chirping and all that, which I’d forgotten.”

Clement's story

He expresses immense gratitude for our team, considering us an integral part of his journey to better hearing. 

The emotional distance he had unintentionally placed between himself and his loved ones started to close. He recalls family gatherings where he no longer had to ask people to repeat themselves, and how it transformed his interactions.

“It’s like being reintroduced to life,” Clement often says.  

This journey, while personal, is a testament to the profound impact that addressing hearing challenges can have on one’s quality of life. 

Andrew’s Lifesaving Realization 

Andrew’s experience is another testament to the importance of timely intervention. After years in naval aviation, he began to lose his hearing, but the real wake-up call came when he realized that his type 2 diabetes alarms went unnoticed during his sleep.  

This realization led him to NEADS, which provided him with a hearing dog, Champ.  

Since then, Champ has been his savior and companion. When Andrew finally decided to seek professional help, Jacobs Audiology was his choice.

“Randi listens to what I have to say. She takes what she hears and applies it methodically and thoroughly,” he mentions.  

Thanks to his hearing aids, his quality of life has greatly improved, and he urges others to seek help sooner rather than later. 

Andrew’s decision to approach Jacobs Audiology proved pivotal. With Randi’s empathetic and expert guidance, he not only regained the sounds he had lost but also rediscovered the confidence to participate fully in life’s moments.  

The transformation he experienced is a powerful reminder of the significance of seeking timely care and the profound difference it can make. 

Andrew with dog

Taking the Next Step

The experiences of patients like Clement and Andrew underscore that delaying treatment often results in more harm than good. Many share the common sentiment of wishing they had taken action sooner.

If you or someone you care about is wrestling with the decision to address hearing challenges, there’s no better time than now to take action. Leaving a hearing loss untreated typically leads to further complications.  

At Jacobs Audiology, you’re assured of comprehensive hearing evaluations and personal care designed to improve your long-term hearing health. 

Don’t wait—embrace the opportunity to hear the world in all its richness. To schedule an appointment or learn more, you can visit our contact page here or you can request a callback here and a member of our team will be in touch!  

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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