Why Does Anyone Delay Getting a Hearing Test?

Knowing you or a relative's hearing is diminishing always leads to frustration for those arounds. Let's look at why anyone might delay getting a hearing test?


6/11/20241 min read

a woman wearing headphones pointing to the side
a woman wearing headphones pointing to the side

People postpone or avoid getting their hearing checked for several reasons:

  1. Denial or Downplaying Symptoms: Many people may not recognize the gradual onset of hearing loss or may attribute it to other factors like background noise or people mumbling.

  2. Stigma: There can be a social stigma associated with hearing loss, making individuals hesitant to seek help for fear of being perceived as old or disabled.

  3. Cost Concerns: Hearing tests and subsequent treatments, such as hearing aids, can be expensive, and not all insurance plans cover these costs.

  4. Fear of Results: Some people fear that a hearing test will confirm their worst suspicions, leading to anxiety about dealing with a permanent condition.

  5. Lack of Awareness: People might not be aware of the importance of regular hearing tests, especially if they do not have noticeable symptoms.

  6. Inconvenience: Finding time to schedule and attend a hearing test can be inconvenient, particularly for those with busy lifestyles.

  7. Perception of Ineffectiveness: Some individuals believe that hearing aids and other treatments will not be effective enough to warrant getting tested.

You'd be surprised how many of us do not prioritise our hearing health! So have that chat with yourself, or your friend or relative and remember, hearing checks are free!

For advice, you can always call Hear Pure for more assistance.