The length of time it takes for a hearing-impaired individual to decide to try a hearing aid.

The length of time it takes for a hearing impaired person to try hearing aids can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances. Some people may be hesitant to try hearing aids due to stigma or other concerns, while others may be eager to find a solution to their hearing loss as soon as possible.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology in 2018, the average time from the onset of hearing loss to the first use of hearing aids is seven years. This time frame may be influenced by a variety of factors, including the severity of the hearing loss, the individual’s access to healthcare, and their perception of the benefits and drawbacks of hearing aids.
Another study published in the journal Ear and Hearing in 2019 found that people with mild to moderate hearing loss were more likely to delay trying hearing aids compared to those with severe hearing loss. This may be because mild to moderate hearing loss may not significantly impact daily life, making the decision to try hearing aids less pressing.
Overall, it is important for individuals with hearing loss to seek the advice of a healthcare professional or audiologist as soon as possible to determine the best treatment options for their specific needs.
Arlinger, S. (2018). Time to hearing aid fitting: How long do people wait? Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 29(7), 721-725.
McArdle, R., & Baguley, D. M. (2019). Factors influencing the decision to use hearing aids: A qualitative analysis. Ear and Hearing, 40(1), e3-e11.


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